Mumbai to finally get first bullet train in the city
By MEHER ONISA : 12-Jan-2017
The Rs 98,000 crore worth Mumbai-Ahmedabad speed way corridor will see the country’s first ever bullet train run NIG on it with a tearing speed of +350kmp.
This is a big development in settling the years old tussle over the BKC patch of land between the Indian Railways and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development.
The senior bureaucrat said that their members had consented to part with the plot admeasuring 0.9-hectare at BKC. The strip is said to be among the prime locations surrounding several restaurants, banks, and commercial spaces.
UPS Madan, the MMRDA commissioner had claimed about their requisition to the state government for taking a call on the BKC land.
Earlier, there was an intense dispute between the state and railways over the strip of land.
While MMRDA proposed to the government for setting up an International Finance Centre (IFSC) on the land, the railways made their suggestion to construct an underground IFSC with the BKC Metro station over its top.
The railways have requested for an extra space of 4.5 hectares apart from the 0.9-hectare patch. However fulfilling this kind of a demand would be a difficult task for the Maharashtra government.
The Indian Railways kept the condition before Maharashtra government for bearing 25% of the project’s capital expenditure on their shoulders.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will have to stream up to 1,10,000 passengers while shuttling between the two destinations tripping 100 times on a daily basis.