Bullet Train: The dream of Bullet Train will come true, know how far the preparations for this high-speed rail corridor have reached.

  • The Mumbai–Ahmedabad High-Speed ​​Rail Corridor (MAHSR) is currently under construction to connect the major cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad in India.

  • Partial operation seems unlikely until August 2027 with overall physical progress

Bullet Train: The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor, India’s first bullet train project, is getting ready for phased commissioning of the 352 km long Gujarat portion by August 2027. Once completed, it will be the country’s first high-speed rail line, resulting in a significant reduction in travel time between the two cities from 6 hours 35 minutes to just 1 hour 58 minutes.

Although partial operation by August 2027 seems unlikely with overall physical progress of 36.13 per cent against the target of 38.3 per cent, the National High Speed ​​Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), is stepping up efforts to bridge the shortfall of 2.17 per cent. Percentage as per latest data.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor comprises 12 stations spread over a distance of 508 km in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The route will cover 155.76 km in Maharashtra, including 7.04 km in Mumbai suburban, 39.66 km in Thane and 109.06 km in Palghar, while Gujarat will have a route length of 348.04 km, and the route in Dadra and Nagar Haveli will be 4.3 km long. .

Civil packages have been given

JICA is financing the project, so Japan can consider phased commissioning if the Indian side agrees to establish viable milestones in the bid document. According to the monthly progress report, the major reason for the shortfall is delay in tender due to late land acquisition in Maharashtra. However, now all three civil packages have been given.

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High-speed trains on this corridor will run on an elevated viaduct at a height of 10-15 meters above the ground, except for a distance of 26 kilometers in Mumbai, which will be built underground using three mega tunnel boring machines (TBMs). Except Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) station, all the stations will be located on an elevated route.

progress of civil works

The initial arrangement of key equipment was delayed due to congestion at the port due to Covid restrictions. The project has achieved financial progress of 39.96 per cent till August 31, 2023, with Rs 48,096.34 crore spent and Rs 1,183.75 crore spent in August. The total expenditure in the financial year 2023-24 has been estimated at Rs 5,914.08 crore.

According to progress reports, the 320-metre long river bridge over Aurangabad in Valsad district was completed in August. This is the fifth river bridge of the project that has been completed. The construction of the first reinforced concrete track bed started in Surat in the month of August. The work of concourse and rail level slab at Surat station has also been completed.

India’s first train

India’s first train was the Red Hill Railway, which ran 25 kilometers from Red Hills to Chintadripet Bridge in 1837. Sir Arthur Cotton was credited with the creation of the train, which was primarily used to transport granite. The first train in India for public transport ran on 16 April 1853 between Bori Bunder (Mumbai) and Thane at a distance of 34 km. There were 400 passengers in the train. Interestingly, this day was also declared a public holiday.

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India’s fastest train

The speed of Vande Bharat Express (Train 18) running between New Delhi and Varanasi is 180 kilometers per hour, but officially its speed has been reduced to 130 kilometers per hour. Gatimaan Express is the fastest running train in the country. It runs at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Agra. It runs at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour between Agra and Jhansi.

first electric train in india

The first electric train in India ran between Bombay Victoria Terminal and Kurla Harbor on 3 February 1925. Later the power line was extended to Igatpuri district of Nashik and then to Pune.

India’s first railway station

Bori Bunder located in Mumbai is the first railway station of India. India’s first passenger train ran from Bori Bunder to Thane in 1853. It was built by the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. This station was later rebuilt as Victoria Terminus in 1888, named after Queen Victoria.

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