The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), the executing agency of high-speed rail corridor in India, has acquired 33 per cent of land in Maharashtra required for the construction of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor.
With a total of twelve stations in the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) corridor will have a length of 508.17 Km.
In Gujarat, 1,084 hectares of the required 1,396 hectares have been acquired. In Dadra and Nagar Haveli, 93 hectares of the required 95 hectares has been acquired for the corridor.
However, in Maharashtra, just 143 hectares of land has been acquired out of 432 hectares of land required for the project, reports Hindustan Times.
The slow progress of land acquisition in Maharashtra was a cause of concern, as this delay may cause the bullet train project to miss its deadline.
Recently, Minister of State for Railways, Raosaheb Patil Danve, chaired a review meeting on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) and Mumbai – Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project at the headquarters of Western Railway in Mumbai.
Emphasising the importance of these two projects, the minister directed authorities, including the state government officials, to expedite the work for completion of projects within the stipulated target period to avoid cost and time overruns.
On the other hand, Indian Railways has expedited the construction of the country’s first high-speed rail corridor with a set target of building 50 piers every month.
It must be noted that there is no standard design for all pillars of the high-speed corridor. Each pillar requires a unique design depending on soil conditions. Presently Soil testing of the site, where pillars are constructed and their designing is done.