Bids invited for India's first undersea tunnel for bullet train project
Bids have been invited for India's first undersea tunnel for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.
The National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) has issued a tender for the construction of the undersea tunnel which will be a part of the bullet train corridor.
According to a Times of India report, of the 508-km bullet train corridor, a 7-km-stretch will be under the Thane creek. The undersea tunnel will be built in this stretch to connect the corridor.
On Tuesday, NHSRCL issued a tender for the construction of Indi's first undersea tunnel. The tender mentions that the tunnel project would involve testing and commissioning of the high-speed railway line, reported TOI.
The tender further mentions that the work has to be completed within 3.5 years. The bullet train project has a 2022 deadline.
Meanwhile, land acquisition continues to remain a major hindrance in the way of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream project of India's first bullet train.
Several villages in both Gujarat and Maharashtra that fall on the route of the bullet train have raised objections to the project and land acquisition in these areas is yet to be completed.
The bullet train project has been undertaken with a massive budget of over Rs 1 lakh crore. Japan is providing a financial aid of Rs 88,000 crore.
NHSRCL has to acquire over 850 hectares of land in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.