NHSRCL is implementing the high-speed train corridor project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. It is also setting up HSRTI at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore on the campus of National Academy of Indian Railways.
VADODARA: It seems like work for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is in full swing! Two 50-m training tracks for India’s first bullet train project are ready. The tracks slabs are made from high strength concrete using Japan’s Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) technology.
As per the reports, the tracks include one 50-metre straight line and another same length for a curved line. The tracks are developed at High-Speed Rail Training Institute (HSRTI) and are being set up by National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL).
It may be noted that NHSRCL is implementing the high-speed train corridor project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The total length of the proposed corridor works is 508.17 km. The route of Mumbai Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail will be passing through two states, Maharashtra and Gujarat and one Union Territory, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
NHSRCL is also setting up HSRTI at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore on the campus of National Academy of Indian Railways, Vadodara. The institute will train manpower in high-speed rails. Of the total Rs 600 budget, Rs 38 crore will be spent on the 1st phase of the project, the report added.
The first consignment containing Japanese goods like 20 track slabs, 200-metre rails and 13 mm diameter reinforcement bars have already reached HSRTI. The 508 Km-long corridor requires more than one lakh such track slabs to lay the tracks for the bullet train.
In another report, ToI mentioned that India’s first bullet train will have about 28 seismometers installed along the route especially in earthquake-prone regions like Konya, Latur and Kutch. These seismometers will ensure that the train can be stopped immediately in case of earthquake tremors.
The report quoted NHRCL saying, “This system detects earthquake-induced tremors which determine the expected effect of the earthquake and sends out warning signals to the operation command control and triggers emergency brake to the bullet trains if required. Critical damage and human casualties will be averted due to installation of such a system.”
In December last year, a team of Japanese experts came to India to study and select six locations for installation of these devices. They examined 10m x 12m plot for installing seismometer, the report further added.
It is worth mentioning that NHSRCL has announced a nationwide competition to name the bullet train which will run from Mumbai to Ahmedabad by 2022. According to NHSRCL, the name and mascot should represent the true nature of high-speed rail and all the socio-economic benefits that will come with the introduction of this technology in India.
There will be two separate entries for train name and mascot design. The selected entry will be awarded a cash prize and five consolation entries. For mascot design, the winning prize is Rs 1,00,000 and five consolation prize of Rs 10,000 each will be awarded as well. For the train set name, the winning prize amount is Rs 50,000 and five consolation prize of Rs 5,000 each also be given.