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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00

Modi’s Dream & Prabhu’s Effort: Metro Rail Featured

Modi, the Prime Minister of India has an ambition of the bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. This may take the elevated route now, if given a green signal by the Japanese consultants before the execution stage.

Top officials from the Rail Bhavan confirms by saying that the Indian government wants the run of 508km corridor to be on the elevated stretch just to avoid the land acquisition problems with respect to legal and environmental issues.Modi has been continuously pushing up his ministers for accelerating the big-pocket projects, has often hurdled by the legal barriers in a few states.

Legal Issues as Hurdles for Bullet Train

The government wants to know from the Rail Ministry and the Japanese consultants the cost implication in the construction of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail that is entirely on an elevated corridor. “Anticipating the possible derailment of the bullet trains as per the legal issues” has been raised by the Railway Board by the Japanese government and to revise and reassess the feasibility of solving the issue.

As per the Railway Board, with the construction of elevated corridor:

  • Hassle of land acquisition problem will be solved to a great extent
  • The compensation paid will be little to the land owners 
  • Speedy execution of the project

CAG report, 2015 says the cost overrun of Rs 1.07 lac crore and 440 rail projects are stuck just because of the land acquisition. Rail Minister, Mr. Prabhu said, Bullet train will be on tracks by 2023. But it can be made in advance if the government of India and Japanese agree upon the elevated corridor. 

CAG report, 2015 says the cost overrun of Rs 1.07 lac crore and 440 rail projects are stuck just because of the land acquisition. Rail Minister, Mr. Prabhu said, Bullet train will be on tracks by 2023. But it can be made in advance if the government of India and Japanese agree upon the elevated corridor. 

The Detailed Project Report submitted to Rail Ministry by Japan:

  • Elevated Corridor: 25% of construction
  • Surface (Embankments): 64% of work
  • Tunnels:         6%

The 21km undersea tunnel runs between the Thane creek and the Virar in Mumbai, under his project. If the proposal of converting all the routes through 12 stations into the elevated corridor, then the DPR will be made to revise making a difference of 7000 to 8000 crore in cost. Saving on land acquisition and delay in overruns, the government can afford the extra cost per km on the elevated corridor.

India on China’s Strategy

Rail ministry is after the Japanese counterparts for appointing a design consultant to bring down the cost of construction by going elevated as China has done.

As per the MoU between Japan and India, the agreement of the loan will be signed in the month of December, 2016 and thereafter Japan will go with the fund disbursal by the mid of 2017further going with the design and general consultant appointment. The year 2018 is marked for starting the construction as the ministry is in no mood of sitting idle for a year. 

The Indian government has requested Japan for a grant of Rs 1500 cr for the appointment of the consultants before the loan agreement just for the sake of starting the work, reducing the time period of a year.

Seeing the problems with the Kashmir Rail Link just because of the delay in time, the government is focusing on saving the time and starting the project as soon as possible. Railway ministry is looking forward towards the construction of the undersea tunnel in Mumbai with the Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR, coming up with Japanese experience this time.

 

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