Date of Post: 26 Oct, 2018
Union Railway minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said land acquisition for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor would be completed by December this year. 5 more high speed corridors are being planned, including Agra-Varanasi, Delhi-Chandigarh and Mumbai-Bengaluru, he also said.
- He said, “Land acquisition procedure for the first bullet train project (Mumbai-Ahmedabad) will be over by December this year. We are taking more time because we engage land owners and hold dialogue for acquisition. We want to take them into confidence,”
- Despite a slight delay in land acquisition, the project may be completed before deadline due to developments in the engineering sector, he claimed.
- The work related to designing and assembling machines to build a 27 km under-sea tunnel as part of the project was progressing, he informed.
- The NHSRCL (National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd), is implementing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor with technical and financial assistance from Japan.
- Goyal said, “There are five more corridors being planned for high speed trains. Agra-Varanasi, Delhi-Chandigarh and Mumbai-Bengaluru are being worked on.”
- The railway minister said, “I am personally passionate about the Agra-Varanasi train project. It could be semi-high speed but it will be very helpful.”
- “There are some coal transporting routes which I completed on priority. Some are nearing completion, which have solved several problems of coal transportation and its availability forever,” talking about future plans, he said.
- The minister said, another big plan is to extend the free Wifi service from 700 stations currently to 5,300.
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