India: High-speed train contract awarded

India’s Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project will use Japanese Shinkansen track technology on a 116 km section

By the Editor, May 11, 2022.

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Indian construction giant Larsen & Toubro has been awarded a contract by National High-Speed ​​Rail Corporation Limited to construct a 116 km section of ballastless high-speed railway as part of India’s high-speed Mumbai-Ahmedabad Rail (MAHSR) project. .

At an estimated cost of nearly $3.3 billion, the MAHSR program, also known as the high-speed rail project, is expected to connect the 508 km between the cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad in western India in less than two hours (compared to the current seven). A route that should include a dozen stations and two train stations. This contract is for the design, supply, construction, testing and commissioning of track works for the double track high speed line between Vadodara and Sabarmati in the province of Gujarat. A special feature of this future high-speed train is that it is free of gravel on a route of 116 km. In fact, Japanese Shinkansen rail technology was adopted for this project. A slab track that should enable future trains to travel at speeds of up to 320 km/h.

A project included in the national railway plan
This contract follows the national railway plan announced by India in 2021. An ambitious plan that envisages that all major cities in the north, west and south of India, which are 300 to 700 km apart, will be connected by a high-speed train. Note that cities with a population of at least one million are preferred.

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