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Bullet train work set to start from June 2018

One of the major projects of Modi Government, the bullet train project in India appears to move ahead with speed. As the civil work on the 508-km-long Mumbai-Ahmadabad high-speed rail corridor (MAHSR) has been fast-tracked to begin in June this year and the railway authorities have also reduced the deadline to August 15, 2022, from 2023.


An official of the implementing body, National High-Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL), said, “Geo-technical surveys have already been done and civil works will begin in June 2018 after receiving the green signal for the entire corridor.”


Tests have also been carried out beneath the seabed for the underground section of the project, which extends from Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) to Boisar. Of the 21km underground, almost 7km will be beneath the sea.

 

The project is aimed at reducing travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to roughly two hours from its present eight-hour duration. The corridor which falls within the Western Railway zone extends from BKC to Sabarmati.

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