Bullet train project cost increased by Rs 1,000 crore – So far, Rs 3,200 crore has been spent on the implementation of the project.
AHMEDABAD: The long-pending land acquisition issue has increased the cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project by Rs 1,000 crore, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited has informed in an affidavit filed before the Bombay High Court.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Sangh, who was present on behalf of the Centre, said that the project is estimated to cost Rs 1 lakh crore.
The issue related to the September, 2022 grant for acquisition of 10 acre plot at Vikhroli for the 508 km Mumbai-Ahmedabad Lubet train project was challenged by an application filed by Godrej & Boise Manufacturing Co. Ltd. The High Court has completed the hearing regarding this application and has now reserved its judgment in this case.
Singh opposed the petition filed by the public utility concerned with the project and filed an affidavit of the corporation stating that the question of acquisition of the petitioner’s land has been pending for a long time and twice (in the year 2019 and 2021) canceled the tender for the work related to underground turning. were,
As a result, the cost of this project has increased by at least Rs 1000 crore. Along with this, Godrej’s lawyer Navroz Sirvai informed the High Court that he will submit a note related to the arguments on January 3, 2023.
The Center said that the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be reduced to just 1 hour and 58 minutes, which is currently 6 hours and 35 minutes in normal trains. It will cater to 92,000 passengers by 2053.