National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for implementation of high-speed rail corridor in India, has signed India’s largest ever government-funded civil contract worth Rs. 24,000 crore with infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train.
As reported in Times of India article dated 27th November 2020 “PM Modi asked the Railways to go ahead with the work in Gujarat portion and complete it rather than waiting for Maharashtra to get the required land for this flagship project”. On 1st December 2020, Indian Railways got all the requisite wildlife, forestry and coastal regulation zone clearances in the state of Gujarat and Maharashtra for the project.
Commenting on the same, Railway Board CEO and Chairman, V K Yadav said “after completion of this first bullet train project the government will take up more such train corridors on seven more routes”, mentioned in IBEF dated 1st December.
L&T’s Project Scope for this Award
NHRSCL has awarded L&T to construct 87.569 km portion of 325 km work falling in Gujarat for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project. As per L&T’s press release their scope of work is “C6 package includes the construction of viaducts, one station at Anand / Nadiad., major river bridges, maintenance depots, and other auxiliary works“.
About Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project
It is an under-construction high-speed rail line connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai. In 2017, Indian PM Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone. The project is being developed on Japanese E5 Shinkansen technology. Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail corridor shall be 508 Km long. The completed project shall connect the two cities in less than 2 hours with limited stops and in 3 hours with all stops.
The project covers 155.76 Km in the State of Maharashtra, 4.3 Km in the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and 348.04 Km in the State of Gujarat with 12 stations along the route.
About National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL): NHSRCL is a special purpose vehicle jointly held with Central Government through Ministry of Railways and two State Governments viz Government of Gujarat and Government of Maharashtra. It was incorporated in 2016 with an object to finance, construct, maintain and manage high-speed rail corridor in India.