In yet another historic development of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) project, the NHSRCL on Saturday installed the first full-height pier on the 508-km-long route. Cast near Gujarat's Vapi at Chainage 167, the pillar marks a milestone accomplishment for the Bullet Train project which has been caught in several rounds of LiDAR surveys. As per reports, several such piers have been planned for the bullet train route which will run through 12 stations, connecting Maharashtra, Dadar & Nagar Haveli and Gujarat.
The bullet train pier is as tall as a 4-storey building
The spokesperson of The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited stated that the average height of the piers along the Bullet Train route is marked at 12-15 meters. The exact height of the first pier is 13.05, which is as tall as a four-storey building. She also added that the pillar was cast with 183 cubic meters of concrete and 18.820 MT of steel.
Speaking about the key features of the corridor, the NHSRCL spokesperson elaborated about the special shuttering arrangement in the lift, which provide better quality to the corridor in 8 hours.
"This major construction milestone has been achieved despite a severe shortage of manpower and other logistical challenges because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing monsoon season in the region. There are a number of such piers planned to be cast in coming months paving way for the first high-speed rail corridor," she added said.
NHSRCL is the executing agency mandated with building India's first high-speed rail corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. As yet, it has been awarded several tenders for constructing the railway tracks, bridges, tunnels, stations and depots for the project.
Bullet train to race from Mumbai to Ahmedabad in just 2 hours!
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project was commissioned by the Prime Minister on September 14, 2017, along with the then Prime Minister of Japan. They together laid the foundation stone of the ambitious ₹1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) project, which aims to race through a 508 km stretch in about 2 hours.
The bullet trains plying on this high-speed corridor are expected to run at 32 km per hour, cutting down the transit time by 5 hours. Presently trains on this route take 7 hours to travel the distance, while flights take about 1 hour. As per reports, the initial deadline of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project is December 2023.