New Delhi, India (Metro Rail Today): A significant stride has been taken in the realization of the Mumbai Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) Project as the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) officially inked a contract agreement with the M/s Sojitz & L&T Consortium. The contract, falling under the EW-1 package, focuses on the execution of Electrical works, further cementing the collaboration for India's first bullet train operation based on the renowned Japanese Shinkansen technology.
The EW-1 package encompasses a comprehensive scope of works, covering the design, manufacture, supply, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning of 2 x 25 kV Electrification Systems. These systems are tailored for speeds reaching up to 320 km/h, aligning with the sophisticated Japanese Shinkansen system-based traction power supply. This contract package includes:-
The contract signing ceremony witnessed the presence of key stakeholders, including the Managing Director of NHSRCL, Directors, senior officers from NHSRCL, and representatives from MLIT Japan (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism), JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), Japanese embassy, and Japan HSR Electric Engineering Company. This collaborative milestone signifies the commitment to integrating Japanese expertise into India's high-speed rail infrastructure.
The MAHSR corridor, extending approximately 508 km, will benefit from the electrification works undertaken through the EW-1 package. The deployment of Japanese Shinkansen technology is poised to elevate the efficiency and speed of the entire corridor, setting a precedent for future high-speed rail projects in India.
The signing of the contract agreement not only marks a pivotal moment in the MAHSR Project's timeline but also symbolizes the convergence of international collaboration in shaping the future of India's rail connectivity. As the project progresses, the integration of cutting-edge technology promises a transformative impact on the country's transportation landscape.