Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train to travel under the sea
Posted on: 21 Apr 2016 18:27:06
21 April 2016 Current Affairs: Passengers will get the thrill of riding under the sea while travelling between Mumbai and Ahmedabad in the first bullet train of the country.
The 508km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor will have a 21km long tunnel under the sea.While most part of the corridor is proposed to be on the elevated track, there will be a stretch after Thane creek towards Virar which will go under the sea as per the detailed project report by JICA.
Estimated to cost about Rs 97,636 crore, 81 percent of the funding for the project, will come in the form of a loan from Japan. The project cost includes possible cost escalation, interest during construction and import duties.
It is a soft loan for 50 years at 0.1 percent annual interest with 15 years’ moratorium.
Rolling stock and other equipment like signalling and power system will be imported from Japan as per the loan agreement.
The official said the loan agreement with Japan is slated to be signed by the end of the year and construction work is likely to begin by the end of 2018.
Accordingly,top priority to the first of its kind project, railways has formed National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV), with a paid-up capital of Rs 500 crore.
A search committee comprising senior government officials including Cabinet Secretary, Chairman Railway Board, and Secretary DOPT among others is on the job currently to select the Managing Director and five directors for the NHSRCL.
Railways have already allotted Rs 200 crore for the SPV. Maharashtra and Gujarat will have equity of 25 percent each while the Railways will have 50 per cent in the SPV.
At present, Duronto Express takes about seven hours to cover the distance between the two financial centres.
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