NHSRCL signs deal with L&T-IHI consortium for Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project

Upcoming bullet trains expected to run at a speed of 320 kmph, covering the 508-km stretch in about two hours.

On Monday, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) inked an agreement for the procurement and fabrication of 28 steel bridges with the L&T-IHI consortium. This contract was decided upon, for the 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) corridor, popularly known as the bullet train project.

NHSRCL awarded a contract to L&T-IHI Infrastructure Systems consortium worth ₹1,390 crores

On January 25, the NHSRCL awarded a contract to L&T-IHI Infrastructure Systems consortium worth ₹1,390 crores for crossing over railway lines, rivers, highways, roads and other structures for the ambitious bullet train project.

Speaking about the venture now, NHSRCL Managing Director Achal Khare stated that the actual construction work has commenced for the MAHSR corridor and other things in the pipeline are taking shape. He further added that this is the third significant contract awarded by NHSRCL for the project.

It is also being said that the P4(X) and P4(Y) packages for 28 steel truss superstructures will not only scale up the Indian steel sector but also amplify the steel fabrication workmanship. The NHSRCL official further mentioned that it is estimated that about 70,000 MT of top quality steel provided by Indian steel manufacturers will be used for the formation of these bridges. NHSRCL has already sensitised the steel industry to cater to such a huge demand for India's first high speed rail corridor.

Upcoming bullet trains expected to run at a speed of 320 kmph

Last year in December, a total of eight bidders had participated in the bid of which four qualified after technical evaluation- Tata Projects Ltd, Afcons Infrastructure Ltd, NCC Ltd and L&T-IHI Infrastructure Systems Consortium. The NHSRCL has already awarded civil contracts for the construction of 64% of MAHSR alignment, inclusive of five HSR stations at Vapi, Billimora, Surat, Bharuch, Anand/Nadiad, train depot at Surat and one mountain tunnel of 350 metres.

Back in September 2017, India's Prime Minister and then Japanese Premier had laid the foundation stone for this project, which is worth ₹1.08 lakh crores ($17 billion), as per reports. The upcoming bullet trains are expected to run at a speed of 320 kmph, covering the 508-km stretch in about two hours. In comparison to it, trains currently plying on the route take over seven hours to travel the distance, whereas flights take about an hour.

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