Ahmedabad, 11 September 2020
The Indian Railways is now expecting the bullet train project to be fully operational by October 2028, with a five-year delay in the estimated time frame of December 2023. The revised deadline has been fixed after discussions with the officials concerned. As Japanese companies are seeing less participation, while tenders have been cancelled because of the rates quoted by bidders, India’s first bullet train project has been stuck on several fronts – and is staring at a delay of almost five years . Farmers in Gujarat and Maharashtra are not providing land, work has stopped. In 2016, Modi had told the project at Ahmedabad Sabarmati Railway station with the Prime Minister of Japan a green flag, now the red flag has arrived.
20 year loan
The 508 km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor is being constructed with a loan of 15 years from Japan. This system will be built mostly on the lines of Japanese technology. For the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail corridor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is required to give a 20-year loan of 80 percent of the one trillion that is required to fund the project. The remaining cost of the project will be borne by the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
The upcoming bullet train, which has a speed of 300 km per hour, will significantly reduce travel time between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Modi’s power will not show
The Modi government was keen to open at least part of the project by August 2022 to mark 75 years of India’s independence. And the railway officially ensures that the original timeline is still in force. According to the feasibility study, the target date of completion of the project is December 2023, said a spokesperson for National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited, the implementing agency, which was set up in 2016 with equity participation. There is also the Ministry of Railways and the Governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
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Indian Railways is considering another high-speed rail network between Delhi and Ahmedabad. The Delhi-Ahmedabad bullet train project will cover a distance of about 886 km and will pass through Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan. Recently, tenders for data collection and related survey work were invited by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) for the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Delhi-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor. There is no repair of Ahmedabad Mumbai train. By starting another project, Modi has started telling dreams of the people of India.
NHSRCL, a joint venture between the central government and the participating state governments, is already working on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail corridor project.
Already, the Modi government has used police force in Gujarat and Maharatra to seize farmers’ land. Misusing the system was a big mistake of Modi and the Rupani government. Therefore the project has been delayed. The 21 km underground rail has not damaged the Maharashtra Flamingo Sanctuary. The cost of 11 tenders is 90% more than the estimated cost of the project. Out of 430 hectares in Maharashtra, about 100 hectares of land has been acquired so far. In Gujarat, 1000 hectares of land is to be acquired. 40 percent land has not come. The farmer is not giving land in Surat, Navsari. 63% of the land has been acquired, while 68% of the civil works have been tendered. This civil work includes 6 stations including the underground station of Mumbai.