MMRDA Suggests New Option For India’s First Bullet Train Terminal

MMRDA Suggests New Option For India’s First Bullet Train Terminal

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Date of Post : 17 Aug, 2017

Mumbai: The MMRDA suggested one more option of the site for the proposed bullet train terminal in G-Block of the BKC

After Dharavi, the latest alternative is a plot reserved for a recreation ground (RG) next to Mithi river in G-Block of the BKC.

The reason the riverside site or Dharavi have been suggested is that the MMRDA does not want any compromise on space for its proposed IFSC (International Financial Services Centre), under which the bullet train planners originally wanted the terminal.

More Information:

  • The HSRC (High Speed Rail Corporation of India) inspected the BKC site as well as the one in Dharavi that was mentioned by Transport Minister Diwakar Raote on Friday in the monsoon legislature session.
  • Metropolitan commissioner U P S Madan said,“The plot is very close to the IFSC site and parallel to the Mithi river.“
  • HSRC requires only a hectare of land for the underground terminal.
  • An MMRDA official said,“Since the terminus will be underground there will not be much of a footprint at the ground level so that the status of the RG plot does not get changed.“
  • It would work out the charges to be levied on HSRC for the RG plot only after it gives its approval for the alternative site, the MMRDA said.
  • The foundation stone ceremony was planned next month & they did not want to change the alignment now, an HSRC official said.
  • An official said,“It is too late now to change the site of the terminus. We have not yet conveyed the decision formally.“
  • Already, the railways has allotted Rs 200 crore (approx US$ Million) for the SPV (special purpose vehicle) in which the Maharashtra & Gujarat will have equity of 25 percent each
  • The Indian Railways (IR) will have 50 percent equity in it.
  • The bullet train shall cover 508 km distance between the Mumbai & Ahmedabad in 2 hours at a top speed of 350 kmph.
  • The work expected to be completed by December 2023.

Work on India’s First High Speed Bullet Train to Lay in September

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will lay the work for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project in September.
  • The two Prime Ministers will attend the ceremony in Gujarat to mark the beginning of the construction work for bullet train project

The High-Speed corridor will have 11 stations as follows

  • Mumbai
  • Thane
  • Virar
  • Boisar
  • Vapi
  • Bilimora
  • Surat
  • Bharuch
  • Vadodara
  • Anand
  • Ahmedabad

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