NHSRCL floats tender for 21 km tunnel for bullet train project

November 2021
NHSRCL floats tender for 21 km tunnel for bullet train project

The National High-Speed Railway Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has invited bids for developing a 21 km long tunnel for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor (MAHSR).

A spokesperson of NHSRCL told the media that the tunnel would be constructed between Bandra-Kurla Complex and Shilphata. The corporation floated tender for a 21 km underground tunnel, including a 7 km long undersea tunnel to be constructed through Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) and New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM).

He added that the bidding is open to Indian and Japanese companies. The total cost of the bullet train project is Rs 1.08 lakh crore. As per the shareholding pattern, the centre will pay Rs 10,000 crore to NHSRCL, and the state governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat will give Rs 5,000 crore each. The Japanese loan will pay the remaining amount at 0.1% interest.

NHSRCL opened the financial bids last month for the designing and construction of about 18 km of the viaduct between Anand and Sabarmati, including High-Speed Rail stations under the C7 package.

The bids were opened for the four eligible bidders, and IRCON-DINESHCHANDRA JV is the lowest bidder. India's first Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor, the bullet trains would be operated at 320 km per hour, covering 508 km and 12 rail stations.

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Also read: NHSRCL to acquire land at Rs 167.60 cr for bullet train project

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