Shimla: The work on the country's first high-speed bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is on in full swing with the designing of bridges and tunnels progressing well, a senior official has said.
A process has also been initiated to acquire land for the project, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had last year launched the ambitious project, which is expected to be completed by 2022.
The high-speed train would cover the distance of over 500 km between the two cities in less than three hours, from the present seven hours.
The train will halt at 12 stations, out of which four fall in Maharashtra.
Japan has extended a soft loan for the project, which is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan's Shinkansen Technology.
Almost 80 percent work of designing of the bridges, viaducts and tunnels has been completed by engineers based in Delhi, Mumbai and Japan, said Achal Khare, managing director of the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC), which is implementing the project.
The proposed corridor will start from the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai and end near the Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad. The works of surveying the route and soil testing are underway, Khare said. The preliminary work of acquiring land in both the states has also begun, he said.
"Our route passes through 108 villages of Maharashtra. A ...