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Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train reach extended to Delhi

     NEWS Excerpts from  mid-day.com  16 September, 2020 21:01 IST | Rajendra B Aklekar | Mumbai  

The bullet train from Mumbai moved ahead on Tuesday with the National High-Speed Railway Corporation extending the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train all the way to Delhi and also adding seven new corridors, including two from Mumbai – one to Hyderabad and another to Nagpur.

However, the current Maharashtra government has taken a stand that they will review the existing Mumbai-Ahmedabad project as well as a part of the wider audit of infrastructure projects.

Yes, the NHSRCL is in the process of preparation of a Detailed Project Report for new high-speed rail corridors and we have let out an assignment for data collection and associated survey work for the Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail corridor which will be approximately 886 km,” a senior official said.

“The tracks alignment of the proposed corridor has been planned within and/or along the existing/planned Highway/Expressway and Railways land, keeping in view the speed and constructability requirements.

The expected path of the mainline (excluding facilities) will be approximately 17.5 m (± 5 m) depending on the project requirement,” he added.

The Senior official further said, “The Detailed Project Report (DPR) will basically identify crossings (existing and proposed) along existing rail lines, road and rivers, heritage structures on the way and historical monuments, tombs, ASI sites along with religious structures, etc.

It will also be important to collect hydrological data for water bodies, rainfall, and other geotechnical data.”

The plan is also to carry out a ridership study to assess the existing traffic characteristics, assessment on the proposed alignment, station and section loads with Peak Hour Peak Direction Traffic (PHPDT) and demand projection phase-wise to be done for the base year, the first year of operation and 20 years beyond that.

In addition to this, seven new HSR corridors in India, including two new from Mumbai have been planned, which include Delhi-Varanasi (865km), Mumbai-Nagpur (753km), Delhi-Ahmedabad (886km), Chennai-Mysore (435km), Delhi-Amritsar (459km), Mumbai-Hyderabad (711km) and Varanasi-Howrah (760km).

 

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Suresh Rao

Mellowed out and enlightened septuagenarian. Tech savvy. Social writing is just a pastime to kill time. I keep contributing to several developmental projects in the area of engineering education, IT and Healthcare projects launched by my kith and kin. I am too lazy to write a book, 'cause I think my life itself is a book! I am also at www.facebook.com/sureshnrao
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Navneet Bakshi
1 year ago

Not only ambitious but over ambitious I would say to add impact to the comment by GV Rao sir, but objections are a part of Indian style of working which is very negative and Japanese definitely don’t understand this. I am afraid of other impediments from aspects mentioned in Detailed Project Report which is yet to be submitted. This is regarding the issues of heritage sites, historical monuments, religious sites, tombs etc. etc. India’s woes are many. I won’t say that in the name of progress, all sentiments should be given a short shrift because India can’t be like China , but giving more than necessary importance means keeping the country as a medieval monument and if that should be the priority of the government then all projects should be centered around revenue from tourism. Another thing that worries me is whether the old British Era lines are going to be used for running these HSRs or the whole track will be new. When I was in China, I saw that the High Speed Trains for major part of their journeys ran on elevated tracks, I wasn’t only impressed but I was spellbound. In this country where every one who has some grievance against the government chooses rail track to express his self, elevated tracks are a must. It is like putting the air curtains to keeps the flies out, but if the old tracks are going to get used for this projects, I wonder how the Japanese have agreed to undertake these projects.

RAMARAO Garimella
1 year ago

A fine and ambitious project. What is the objection of Maharashtra government?

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