The delay in the country’s first bullet train project has increased its estimated cost significantly. Between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Many reasons are being given for the delay in this project, including the corona epidemic and delay in land acquisition. However, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has posted a video on Twitter. In this it has been told how much work of this project was completed in which year. It has been claimed in the video that the structure of the high speed rail track is ready in 75 km. During a TV program, the Railway Minister said that in 2026, the trial of the first phase of the bullet train will start. Let us tell you that earlier this deadline was given only for 2022.
Estimated cost from 1.08 to 1.6 lakh crores
According to the 2015 survey, the cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project was estimated at Rs 1.08 lakh crore, which has now increased to 1.6 lakh crore. It does not include GST. According to the Times of India report, this estimated cost has increased due to increased expenditure on land acquisition, increase in cement prices, inflation in steer and raw materials.
This 508 km long project was started in September 2017. Official figures show that 100 percent land acquisition has been done only in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Whereas in Gujarat it could be 98.9 percent and in Maharashtra only 73 percent. The delay in land acquisition in Maharashtra is being said to be the major reason behind this. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had said in June itself that the deadline for its first phase of trial would be 2026. Its trial will be held first in a distance of 51 km between Surat to Bilmora in Gujarat.
How much work was done?
During a program, the Railway Minister claimed that the work on the 75-km route is progressing at a brisk pace. He said that the work has intensified after the new government came to power in Maharashtra. In this route, 75 percent pillars have been built and the work of construction of stations is going on. Apart from this, bridges are being built on the rivers. Let us inform that on the occasion of completion of 75 years of the country’s independence, the Railway Minister has mentioned this achievement of 75 km.
According to the claim made in the video, an aerial survey of the project was done in 2018. After this the excavation work started in 2021. In April 2021, the foundation started being prepared in Valsad. The first pillar was built at Vapi in July 2021. The first segment was built near Surat in September 2021. Pillars were ready by March 2022 in Bharuch and Navsari. The construction of a bridge over the river at Bharuch has also started.
NHSRCL said, cost is not known
The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited said that the cost of the project cannot be disclosed until the land acquisition and bidding is completed. However, the Railway Minister had definitely said that due to the delay in the project, the cost involved in it would increase.
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