New Delhi, April 16: The National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) chief Achal Khare in a presentation estimated that passengers of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train will have to spend “anything between Rs 250 to Rs 3000 for the tickets depending on their destinations”. There will be one business class coach for which the fares might go higher than Rs 3000, but will include complementary food.
NHSRCL released first official details of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project for which the construction work is likely to begin from December 2018.
The cost for travelling between Mumbai and Ahmedabad can go up to Rs 3000 whereas the cost for the Bamdra-Kurla Complex (BKC) journey could be as low as Rs 250. While comparing the metro fares with other means of transportation, a senior official claimed in a report that a “taxi takes anywhere between one and, one and a half hours to travel between Thane and Bandra-Kurla Complex and charges around Rs 650”. He added that with the high-speed train, the time would reduce to mere 15 minutes, and cost to Rs 250.
“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,” Khare said. Revealing other details about the high-speed train, Khare said that 10 ‘standard’ coaches would make up one train set.
NHSRCL has earmarked Rs 10,000 crore for the acquisition of 1,415 hectares of land needed for this project. “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 in the report.
More than 3,000-4,000 people would be employed to assist with the execution task while around 30,000-40,000 workers would be involved in the construction work. Khare asserted that safety and punctuality would be the hallmark for this ambitious project.
The train is expected to make 70 trips between Mumbai-Ahmedabad on a daily basis. The completion of the project is awaited for 2022.