Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw provided an update about the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project on the sidelines of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. Addressing reporters in Gandhinagar, the minister said that the work on the project is progressing at a rapid pace. He added that a part of the route may become operational by 2026.
The minister said, "Construction of viaduct, which is the most difficult and important part of the entire project, has been completed for the entire stretch of 272 kilometers." He added that work on other parts of construction process is also progressing, with a pace of 14 kilometers every month.
As per the update provided by Vaishnaw, the designing of the undersea tunnel has been completed while the construction of Sabarmati depot will be completed very soon. L&T and Sojitz Corporation had signed an agreement in December 2022 for the design and construction of the depot. Work on BKC station and eight bridges on the route is also close to completion.
The minister did not provide a final timeline for the completion of the project, saying that all the details will be released by the ministry soon. National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited recently informed that 100 per cent of land acquisition work has been completed between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
Reiterating the importance of the project, the minister said, "The big economies on this route will become one post the completion of construction as it will provide ease of travel in short time."