Whereas the Maharashtra part of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet prepare venture is caught because of a delay in land acquisition, plans are afoot for brand spanking new high-speed prepare corridors to attach Mumbai with Pune and Nagpur.
Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Growth Company (MRIDC) Restricted, a three way partnership of the railway ministry and Maharashtra authorities, is planning a semi high-speed prepare hall between Mumbai and Pune which may scale back journey time between each the cities to 90 minutes.
Mumbai-Nagpur high-speed hall
The Nationwide Excessive Pace Rail Company Restricted (NHSRCL), which is constructing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed prepare hall (additionally referred to as bullet prepare), has accomplished its ridership survey for the 753km Mumbai-Nagpur high-speed hall venture.
“The detailed venture report (DPR) for the Mumbai and Nagpur venture will probably be ready. Finalisation of alignment is being performed and social impression evaluation and atmosphere impression evaluation are ongoing,” stated a senior NHSRCL official.
The journey time between the 2 cities is predicted to cut back by 50%. Presently, the quickest journey distance between Mumbai and Nagpur is 11.30 hours.
For the Mumbai-Pune hall, a feasibility examine has been initiated.
After conducting the feasibility examine, an evaluation of land acquisition required for the venture will probably be performed, later the venture will probably be despatched for approval to the federal government of Maharashtra and the railway ministry.
If the venture is permitted the journey time between Mumbai and Pune is more likely to scale back to just about 90 minutes. Presently it takes three hours to achieve Pune from Mumbai by outstation trains operated by the Central Railway.
“The venture is at an preliminary stage and a feasibility examine is being carried out. Solely after the feasibility examine, we will resolve an additional plan of action.” stated an MRIDC official.
“Justification for the necessity of a semi high-speed rail hall between Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Nagpur ought to be considered. Each Mumbai and Pune are effectively related and if a passenger desires to journey to Nagpur in a brief period of time, then they may simply journey by an airplane. The pricing of the tickets additionally must be inspected. The tasks ought to be cross-examined to test if they’re actually obligatory.” stated city planner Sulakshana Mahajan.
Former railway officers opined that land acquisition in a correct method was wanted and in addition raised doubts about whether or not a semi high-speed prepare hall between Mumbai and Pune will probably be possible because of the Western ghats.
“Any high-speed prepare hall would require to be operated at 320kmph which won’t be possible between Mumbai and Pune because of the ghat part (mountain go areas). If the land acquisition is being performed for tasks, then the railway tasks ought to serve their objective. There have been cases whereby the landowner has not obtained the whole compensation, as middlemen are concerned. Full compensation ought to be given,” stated Subodh Jain, retired member of the Railway Board and former basic supervisor of Central Railway.
Nevertheless, the passenger associations have welcomed the transfer and have acknowledged that the discount in time will assist passengers to journey swiftly. “When folks journey between each the town by highway, they get caught in visitors and by railways it takes time. A semi high-speed prepare would assist folks to journey rapidly and swiftly between the cities,” stated Subhash Gupta, president, Rail Yatri Parishad.
Bullet prepare could miss deadline
Senior Railway ministry officers anticipate the state authorities to assist purchase land in a brief interval to get the tasks shifting. In addition they suppose the push to different tasks would immediate the Maharashtra authorities to assist full the Mumbai-Ahmedabad venture sooner. The venture which is touted as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream venture is more likely to miss its 2023 deadline as solely 30% of the required land is acquired in Maharashtra.
“All of the tasks together with Mumbai and Ahmedabad bullet trains will probably be useful for the folks residing in each the cities. We have now acquired 30% land in Maharashtra and are hoping to amass extra land by the top of this yr with cooperation from the Maharashtra authorities. The venture can even create jobs within the state,” stated a senior railway official, who didn’t want to be named.
City planners have requested the railway authorities to check the necessities of the tasks and conduct social and environmental assessments.
In the meantime, the NHSRCL can be planning the Mumbai-Hyderabad high-speed prepare hall for which it’s endeavor finalisation of designs, operational plans together with costing for the venture.