Ahmedabad, India (Metro Rail Today): Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw today carried inspection of under construction sites of Sabarmati Multimodal Transport Hub and Ahmedabad HSR Station of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor Project. Interacting with the media, he said that the work of these High-Speed Rail stations will be completed by next year.
"The Bullet train is a very important project for the country. Very good progress is being made in the first section of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor. More than 80 kilometers of pillars have been built so far," said Railway Minister.
"The Sabarmati terminal hub will be built as a multi-modal hub. In this, Metro, BRTS, Indian Railways and High Speed Rail will be developed by integrating and planning very well in one place," he added.
Inspired by the rich cultural & historical ethos of the city, Ahmedabad HSR station design has different features respecting various aspects, the city is proud of. The Station roof depicts a canvas for hundreds of kites placed together whereas the facade picks a pattern inspired by the intricate latticework of iconic Syed Siddique’s jaali.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad HighSpeed Rail will traverse through Western Railways Ahmedabad Junction Railway Station and shall be integrated with the Saraspur side of the existing Ahmedabad Junction station. Ahmedabad HSR station will be built over the existing railway lines on the east side (Saraspur side) above platform no. 10, 11 & 12.
To ensure seamless integration of the HSR station with other modes of transport, NHSRCL has designed a user-friendly station layout for Ahmedabad. An integrated Building for passenger transit is planned on the east side of the existing railway station, where Passengers will be able to comfortably switch from one mode to another using the escalators and elevators provided.
The integrated building shall provide a connection to WR FOBs for passengers coming from platforms 1 to 9 and on another side, it shall be connected to the underground metro station on the Saraspur side.
In addition, a detailed traffic management plan around the station is also proposed for smooth traffic movement outside the station along with the smooth transition from other modes of transport like buses, taxis, three-wheelers, private vehicles etc. The HSR Station forecourt is planned with the one-way movement of traffic providing separate pick/drop areas for 2 Wheelers/3 Wheelers/4 Wheelers & Buses along with a dedicated area for Cycle. Space for mechanized multilevel car parking has been identified right opposite the station with a connection to the integrated building through a sky bridge. Differently abled persons friendly parking space will be provided close to the station entrance.
The making of the HSR station:
The Sabarmati HSR Station is located in a railway yard between two Indian Railway stations of Sabarmati (SBI and SBT) and is in close vicinity to two Metro stations and a BRTS stop.
Sabarmati HSR being the terminal station of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor, NHSRCL has planned to develop it as a Multimodal Transport Hub in the region which will connect the HSR line to Indian Railways, Metro station and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, all located within a short walk for easy transfers.
To provide seamless connectivity and integration between the various transport modes around the HSR station, a Multimodal Transport Hub building has been planned on the East side of Sabarmati HSR station along with three-foot overbridges (FOBs), fitted with travellators. These FOBs will connect the Hub building with the Sabarmati HSR station, both the Sabarmati Railway stations, the Metro station, and the BRTS stand.
A Multimodal Integration plan for Sabarmati HSR station was developed in consultation with all stakeholders and necessary interventions were proposed such as road widening, redesigning of road geometry and junctions, Tabletop pedestrian crossings etc.
Special Features of Sabarmati Multimodal Transport Hub building:
NHSRCL has floated a tender for Selection of Transaction Advisor to suggest optional Commercial Utilization of Sabarmati Multimodal Transport Hub on 24th Aug 2022, bid opening is scheduled on 10th Oct 2022.
The 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor will connect Ahmedabad (in Gujarat) to Mumbai (in Maharashtra) with 12 High-Speed Rail Stations. The work on first priority section (50 km) is going in full swing and this stretch is expected to open by August 2026.