Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw posted a video of India’s first bullet train railway station at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati multimodal transport hub on Thursday.
The video, which was shared on X, featured modern architecture clubbed with cultural heritage. The station has state-of-the-art features designed to make journeys more comfortable and convenient for passengers.
Terminal for India's first bullet train!
📍Sabarmati multimodal transport hub, Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/HGeoBETz9x
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) December 7, 2023
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train line is currently under construction, with a large portion already completed. The first phase of the project is estimated to be operational by 2026, with the full project completed by 2028. With a maximum design speed of 350kmph, the project is expected to connect the two metro cities in roughly 2.07 hours.
The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), which is in charge of the project, stated last month that 100 kilometres of viaducts and 230 kilometres of pier work for the corridor had been completed.
According to the corporation, the viaducts include bridges over six rivers in Gujarat, including the Par and Auranga rivers in Valsad and the Purna, Mindhola, Ambika and Venganiya rivers in Navsari.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor project, which is being built at Rs.1.08 lakh crore, was launched in September 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his then-Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
According to the shareholding pattern, the central government will pay the NHSRCL 10,000 crore, while Gujarat and Maharashtra are to pay ₹5,000 crore each. The remaining cost is covered by a 0.1 per cent interest from Japan.