New Delhi, Apr 13: A single-way travel between Ahmedabad and Mumbai on bullet train may cost Rs 3000 per passenger. The cost will depend on the destination. The estimation of fares is based on the current calculations and can vary later.
The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) Managing Director Achal Khare informed the price of the ticket for travelling from Mumbai to Ahmedabad will be Rs 3,000. The cheapest ticket will cost Rs 250 for travelling between Bandra-Kurla Complex and Thane. “The fares have been based on present projections and calculations. There would be one business class and the fares for this is likely to be higher than Rs 3,000,” he said.
“The journey will be much more affordable and less time consuming than in a flight if the trip to the airport, getting boarding passes and security checks are taken into consideration,” he added.
The shortest route will also be affordable as a taxi takes around Rs 650 as fare to go from Bandra-Kurla Complex to Thane. The travel time is more than an hour. The bullet train will curtail the travel time to 15 minutes.
The train will have 10 coaches, one among them will be business class. For people travelling in business class, food will be complementary. For passengers in the other 9 coaches, food will be available for a price.
The construction work can start in December. The government will complete land acquisition process by that time. 1,415 hectare of land for the project would be required and Rs 10,000 crore has been allocated for this purpose.
“The Maharashtra government has already issued notification for land acquisition and those who give consent for the acquisition of their land, will be given 25 per cent more than the circle rate fixed by the state government or the market rate, whichever is higher,” Khare said.
Around 3,000-4,000 people will be directly employed by the executing authority while around 30,000-40000 workers would be engaged during the construction phase of the project.
The officer informed that only 18.6 per cent Japanese components will be involved. While Indian contractors will build 460 km, Japan will construct only 21 km, which is under the sea.
The train will have 70 trips per day and will move with a whopping speed of 320 kmph. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.