Rajendra b. Aklekar, Mumbai (Midday). Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed rail known as bullet train has also started in Mumbai. The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) had barricaded the BKC ground last week as an underground station was being constructed here. This station will have six platforms. Each of these platforms will have an approximate length of 415 meters. This much space is enough to run a 16 coach bullet train. The station will also be connected to two lines of the Mumbai Metro and public transport around it.
Only one underground station will be constructed at Bandra-Kurla
The barricading with NHSRCL sign shows that the construction of the station will start soon. Earlier NHSRCL had opened financial bids for design and construction of Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) high speed railway station under MAHSR C1 package on November 4 last year. BKC will be the only underground station on this entire corridor. The station will be 24 meters below the ground floor
Briefing about the station, an official said that the platform is planned to be built around 24 meters below the ground level. The station will have total three levels including platform, concourse and service level. All modern passenger facilities are available at the station. MMRDA, the special planning authority of BKC, has allocated 1.52 hectares of land above ground level and 3.22 hectares below ground for the station.
After acquiring the land in Maharashtra, the work has started
Out of the total 508 km long corridor of bullet trains, 156 km are located in Maharashtra, 4 km in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and 348 km in Gujarat. Work on Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Gujarat is progressing very fast, but in Maharashtra the work is slow due to land acquisition issues.
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After resolving the land acquisition issue, its work has picked up pace in Maharashtra as well. The bullet train’s 7 km track will pass under the sea. Earlier in December 2022, the High Court had allowed the cutting of around 20,000 mangrove trees in Mumbai city and the neighboring districts of Palghar and Thane.
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