‘Despite delay, bullet trains could start running in Gujarat before 2024’
NEW DELHI: Delay in land acquisition in Maharashtra and Covid pandemic have impacted the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, but railways on Saturday did not rule out the possibility of operation of the high speed trains on the Gujarat side before 2024.
A major portion of the project corridor – 349 km out of total 508 km – falls in Gujarat. Railway board CEO and chairman, V K Yadav said while in Gujarat 82% of the required land has been acquired, barely 23% has been acquired in Maharashtra.
“In the case of linear projects, it’s better to award works when 90% of land is available. We are in talks with the Maharashtra go nment and are hopeful of good progress in the next six months,” he added.
Responding to a question from TOI on the possibility of making the first bullet train operational in Gujarat portion, Yadav said, “We are hopeful of land acquisition in Gujarat touching 95-100% in the next three months. It’s desirable to open the entire corridor in one go. As land acquisition status gets clear, we will take a decision and we will share it with you.”
Sources said the go nment would be keen to deliver the project before the next general election. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the high speed rail or bullet train project in September 2017 and December 2023 was set as the deadline.
Yadav said all designs related to the project have been approved; tenders have been finalised and all statutory approvals have been obtained, While maintaining that the project is progressing well, he said an assessment would be carried out in the next 3-6 months as the Covid condition and land acquisition improve. “Then we will be in a position to set the timeline,” he added.
The railway board chief claimed there is significant interest from both domestic and Japanese players.
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as usual gujarat stands out as a far more industry friendly place with land acquisition mostly completed whereas Maharashtra only at 23%.
Ram Mandir, bullet train all lined up for completion before next general election in 2024. Do nothing for 5 years and then stage a sensation border issue or stir a religious issue like Godra or Ram mandir and then get reelected for another 5 years to do nothing.
Sure bullet train may start , .... But still migrating labours may be forced to walk home in hot summer !
Why only gujrat ? whole country needs them.We should have linked delhi and mumbai by bullet train first rather than non priority ahmedabad mumbai sector.
Ah, just a waste of national resource on a route which will never ever become profitable for this famous Bullet train. After 10 years the blame can be put on other political parties for the perpetual losses.
To fund the bullet train its the honest taxpayer who will BITE THE BULLET ? Gujju contractors will make money as decreed by Modi !
We elected modi go nment twice but find this go nment only favours the rich.
Why does india need bullet train?
Another big flop decision of modi go nment.
Instead of focussing on improving industries,agriculture,etc the central go nment is focussing on a useless waste thing.
All political parties are thugs and BJP is no different
Is it a priority for the economy? Or just an election stunt.
Waisting hard earned money of tax payers
Cost of tickets will be almost equal to plane fare. So common man cannot travel by this train. Then what was the reason for introducing this train? It will just fulfill the luxury need of rich at the cost of common tax payers money. And ofcourse an election stunt of Modi for 2024 poll.
This project should be put on hold till clarity on the economic situation emerges.
$ 20 billion for Modi's reelection.
How many people will beg before 2024 ? Indian economy is dead now. 27% economic downturn. But it will go down 50% next quarter.
Oh I totally forgot that there was a bullet train coming our way! Just as I forgot that the black money would also return with 5 lacs in my account! This pandemic has overshadowed everything!
But by then Indian railways will become Ambani Railways.
Pappus Aas Washer
People need to cross Maharashtra border in bullock cart to Gujarat to catch bullet train
As usual, all GST money would be spent decorating only Gujarat and UP.
Stupid Maharashtra go nment n congress don’t want to develop India...
The Maharashtra side can be completed when BJP forms the next govt. in Maharashtra. People have to wait until then.
Just one more example to prove why India will remain a developing economy, and will never see light at the end of the tunnel!