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Mumbai and Ahmedabad High Speed Railway Hits another Hurdle

Infra News - Published on Mon, 17 Feb 2020

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Koyodo News, citing source close to the matte, reported that Japan’s plan to build a 508 kilometre high speed railway between Mumbai and Ahmedabad has suffered a blow after the budget estimate of USD 14.7 billion was found to be more than USD 4.5 billion less than the likely cost of USD 19.2 billion. Sources said that the reason for the increase is partly due to India’s requirement that a reinforced elevated bridge be built using shield machines for excavations. The shortage is the latest setback for the iconic project in Japan-India partnership after the commercial operation was pushed back by five years to 2028 from originally scheduled 2023 following a site acquisition delay.

Construction work on the line, India’s first high-speed link, is still expected to begin in the spring. The route will include 460km of viaducts, 26km of tunnels and 9km of bridges. It will begin at the underground station in the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and then cover 21km underground before emerging above ground at Thane. The project will be divided into 27 packages, each with its own contractor.

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Posted By : Nishith Sharma on Mon, 17 Feb 2020
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