New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has informed that it has so far acquired only 202.65 hectares (46.71 percent of the land of about 433.82 hectares) in Maharashtra for the construction of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project. No land has been acquired so far in the suburbs of Mumbai out of 202.65 hectares.
NHSRCL official said, “105.84 hectares of the required 288.86 hectares of land has been acquired in Palghar, 96.81 hectares of land is required out of 140.32 in Thane and no land of the required 4.82 hectares in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). Not there.” ,
As per the detailed project report, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor will cover a total journey of 508.17 kms. Of this, 155.76 km will be covered in Maharashtra, 384.04 km in Gujarat and the remaining 4.3 km in Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
“The process of land acquisition is going on in Maharashtra and we are in constant discussion with the state government officials. We are looking forward to acquiring more land in the coming months.
Due to delay in the land acquisition process, the tender process for the construction of BKC HSR station had earlier postponed the bid submission date to April 2022. The delay is being attributed to shifting of a petrol pump on another land allotted by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. MMRDA).
The deadline for the operation of the first bullet train in India has been postponed thrice. However, construction work has already started in some parts of Gujarat and the first phase between Surat and Bilimora is expected to open by 2026.
The estimated cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed bullet train project is 1,10,000 crores which can be increased by extension of deadlocking and slow work process. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide financial assistance to? 88,000 crore on ODA loan basis.