Mumbai, India (Metro Rail Today): In the near future, the cities of Mumbai and Nagpur in Maharashtra are likely to see high speed rail connectivity. A Detailed project Report (DPR) is being prepared by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) for the proposed 766 km long Bullet Train Corridor between Mumbai and Nagpur. The DPR for the High Speed Rail Corridor is likely to be submitted to the government in early next year.
According to the officials, for the Mumbai- Nagpur bullet train project, a series of surveys including the aerial survey, lieder survey, Social Impact assessment (SIA) as well as environmental impact assessment (EIA) have been completed. The collected data is being analyzed for the Detailed Project Report.
The Mumbai Nagpur bullet train will have to pass through as many as 10 districts. In some districts, the land will be needed to be acquired for the project, officials said. The Mumbai-Nagpur bullet trains project is aimed at reducing the time travel between the two cities in Maharashtra by over 2 hours. At present it takes nearly 12 hours to reach Nagpur from Mumbai by road. The high speed rail corridor is likely reduces time by 4 hours. Once the project is sanctioned by the government, the future will be decided, the official added.
According to the officials, the possibility to running high speed rail parallel to Mumbai- Nagpur Samruddhi Mahamarg are being explored as well. Currently a six lane 700 km of expressway between Mumbai and Nagpur is being constructed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.
Few days before, a MoU was signed between NHRCL and japan Railway Track Consultant Company (JRTC) for the designs of HSR track works for T3 package (covering 116 kms distance between Vadodara and Sabarmati depot and Workshop Gujrat) for the bullet train project, connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad.