Newly appointed Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday reviewed the ambitious bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, as part of his efforts over the last few days to get acquainted with the high priority works of the national transporter.
During a review meeting, the minister was apprised on the status of the project by the managing director of its implementing agency, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL).
“Reviewed implementation of Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed line with Mr Satish Agnihotri, Managing Director NHSR,” Vaishnaw tweeted. Till date, 1,035 hectare of land has been acquired out of the total of 1,396 hectare required for the project, officials said.
Out of the 74 per cent land acquisition so far, the majority — 96 per cent — is in Gujarat, while only 25 per cent is in Maharashtra, they said, adding that 96 per cent of the land needed the project in the Union Territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli has been acquired.
Civil work contracts for the construction of 92 per cent of the alignment — 325 km out of 351 km and five stations — have been awarded in Gujarat and Dadra Nagar Haveli, and construction work has started in the region, employing around 2,200 people and 300 major machineries, the officials said.
They added that about 90 per cent land has already been handed over to contractors for construction.