Bullet Train: Indian Railways gets Land Papers from Maharashtra State Government

MUMBAI: A vital step towards starting the big-ticket project of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor, popularly called the Bullet train project, begun on Tuesday. The Maharashtra government handed over land papers for the Bullet train to the Indian Railways.

These papers are of the land space required at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) where an underground station for this Bullet train will come up. For several months, there was gridlock over acquisition of 0.9 hectares of land for the project. The planning and development agency of MMRDA have proposed an International Finance Service Centre on the same plot.

This station will be underground at about 25-metre depth, built-in 3 levels and will be integrated with IFSC building proposed above it. The railways argued that the station at BKC is ideal as it will connect the business district and it will be in between two important suburban railway stations of Kurla and Bandra.

This will also be connected with the proposed metro station, and the airport from this terminal will be just about 5 km. It is expected that this high speed rail project will bring development to satellite towns of Boisar and Virar, as the high speed train will offer commuting option to the public of this area to go to Mumbai.

The distance of airport from this terminal will be about 5 km and the existing Bandra railway station of Western Railway will be about 3 km. It is expected that this high speed rail project will bring development to satellite towns of Boisar and Virar, as high speed train will offer commuting option to the public of this area to go to Mumbai.Travel Time from Boisar, Virar and Thane to Mumbai will be drastically reduced. People from Boisar would be able to reach Mumbai in 39 minutes whereas travel time from Virar and Thane would be 24 minutes and 10 minutes respectively.With the active cooperation of State Government, it is expected that the land acquisition for project would completed soon.Later, the Chief Minister, Minister of Railways and Coal Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Railways, Minister of State for Defence and other dignitaries travelled by a slow local from ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj Terminus to Parel for the opening ceremony of foot over bridges (FOB) constructed by Indian Army at Elphinstone Road, Currey Road and Ambivali by Mumbaikars.

THE BKC PLOT

These papers are of the land space required at BKC where an underground station for the Bullet train will come up. For several months, there was gridlock over acquisition of 0.9 hectares for the project. The planning and development agency of MMRDA have proposed an International Finance Service Centre on the same plot.

Work on BKC Terminus to start from December

Work on the underground bullet train Bandra-Kurla Complex terminus will begin from December as the state government on Monday handed over nearly five hectares of land to the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC) for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor.

“It is a historic day for the project as this is the first land parcel being handed over for the bullet train work,” said Achal Khare, NHSRC Managing Director. “Work on the BKC terminus will begin either in December or January 2019.” MMRDA handed over the documents of the 4.6 hectares BKC plot in the presence of railway minister Piyush Goyal and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at a function at CSMT.

“As soon as the design is approved, we will invite tenders for the three-storey underground BKC station. It will take around two years to complete the terminus building,” said a senior NHSRC official. “We will be acquiring only 0.9 hectares of the land on a permanent basis. The acquisition cost is yet to be worked out.” The official added that the foundation of the BKC bullet train terminus would be built in keeping mind that 10-storey building International Finance Service Centre will come up just above it.

All six platforms at the BKC terminus, which will be 410m in length and 60m in width, will be built 25m below the surface, the official added. The platforms will be able to accommodate 16-coach trains. In comparison, the length of suburban railway station platform is 605m to accommodate 24-coach outstation trains and 300m for local trains.

The railways plans to start bullet train services by August 2022 to coincide with the 75 years of India’s Independence.

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