High-Speed Rail Update: A Three-Tier System To Monitor The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project

High-Speed Rail Update: A Three-Tier System To Monitor The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project

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Date of Post: 03 Nov, 2017

Mumbai: A three-tier system will monitor the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.

Centre Constituted A 3-Level Monitoring System

  • To expedite the Bullet Train project in the country, the Centre on Thursday constituted a three-level monitoring cell which includes Niti Ayog Vice Chairman & the Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister as its members in the first level.
  • Also, it established a Master Implementation of High Speed Rail Projects which includes issues like safety cell among others.
  • The second monitoring will be executed by its working group cell comprising the National High Speed Rail Corridor, Managing Director & a representative of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), which is funding the Rs 1 lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project.
  • The Third monitoring cell will have the high speed train corridor experts with members from Japan Rail & Indian Railways who will receive a 15 days training at Japan.

A Joint Coordination Committee To Be Formed For Bullet Train Project

  • In the review meeting of the Bullet Train corridor held at Rail Bhawan on Thursday, a joint coordination committee for smooth functioning of the project with representative from all the stakeholders including – JICA, Niti Ayog, MHA, External Affairs Ministry, Railway’s Western Zone will be formed, sources said.
  • Also, the same committee will have representatives from the Gujarat & Maharashtra Governments to look into the aspects of utilisations, sifting, & land acquisition for the ambitious project languishing for more than a decade.

A Dedicated Framework To Be Prepared

  • Further, as part of Master Implementation programme, a dedicated framework for structural & safety for overall high speed corridor including the Bullet Train is to be prepared.
  • Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani will review the overall progress every three months or even earlier.
  • The government decided to advance the deadline of the rollout of the 508km long bullet train corridor to August 2022 to coincide with 75 years of Independence.

High Ridership Estimated

  • The Railways estimates a high ridership for the train.
  • It has calculated that 40,000 passengers will shift from other modes of transport like – Trains, Buses, Airlines & Personal Vehicles.

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