India’s first bullet train project completes a year: Challenges and way ahead


India’s first bullet train project completes a year: Challenges and way ahead

India’s ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project was launched in 2017. Deadline for commissioning of the project has been preponed to August 2022 from earlier set deadline of 2023. Work on the ground started in December 2017 with initiation of the process of land acquisition. The project would require over 1,400 hectares of land with 353 hectares in Maharashtra and the rest in Gujarat.

The deadline for completion of land acquisition has been set as December 2018. Though LIDAR (aerial survey) was completed early last year and physical survey started in December 2017, physical handover of land has not advanced much with only 3 months left for the targeted deadline. The situation may become more complex with the two states having different compensation laws and protests building up against the bullet train projects.

India has had bad share of experiences with similar ambitious projects. The 3,342-km Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is already facing challenges of delays and cost overruns.  Read More

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