Gujarat Govt. signs INR 77000 Crore MoU with Railways for Bullet Train

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Government today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth INR 77,000 crore with the Ministry of Railways for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train project.

The MoU was signed during the ongoing Vibrant Gujarat Summit at Mahatma Mandir here today in the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.

Out of the total cost of INR 1.10 lakh crore for the high-speed Bullet train project, Gujarat government would get 70% share, the state government said in a release.

The agreement was signed between Gujarat government and the High Speed Rail Corporation (HSRC), which falls under the Railway Ministry.

Rupani said that “Under this agreement, INR 77,000 crore will be invested in Gujarat for the Bullet train project. We have signed an MoU today in this regard with the Ministry of Railways.” The Railways will also set up a container depot in Rajkot to boost exports from the Saurashtra region. “This will cost about Rs. 100 crore,” Rupani said.

The high speed Bullet train is expected to cover 508 kilometer (km) between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in about two hours, running at a maximum speed of 350 kmph and operating speed of 320 kmph. The project is expected to be completed by the 2023.

According to the detailed project report proposed by Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA), while most part of the corridor is proposed to be on the elevated track, there will be a stretch after Thane creek towards Virar, which will run under the sea.

Rolling stock and other equipment like signalling and power system will be imported from Japan as per the loan agreement.

Railways has already allotted INR 200 crore for the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), in which Maharashtra and Gujarat will have equity of 25% each and the Indian Railways will have 50%.

The release said that “Another MoU was signed to set up a training centre at Gandhinagar to impart training to engineers and employees associated with the Bullet train project.”