BKC Plot to House IFSC & Terminal for Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR Line

On Tuesday, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) formally handed over relevant land documents for a 4.6 hectare land parcel at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) to the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) for building the 508 km Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail line’s southern terminal.

The project’s foundation stone was unveiled by India and Japan’s prime ministers in September 2017 without finalizing the location of the line’s Mumbai terminal due to a difference in both stakeholders’ plans for the land. The Maharashtra government, through the MMRDA, had originally earmarked the land for an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and requested the NHSRCL to build the station elsewhere in the city, such as in Dharavi, but that proposal was turned down.

After months of wrangling, the issue has finally be resolved with both stakeholders’ interests in mind, and this is something that hasn’t received any attention by the local media. As per the Government of India’s press release, the BKC plot will have an integrated structure to house both the HSR line’s underground terminal and the IFSC building above it. Excerpt –

Mumbai High Speed Rail terminal of India’s first bullet train project from Mumbai to Ahmedabad will be located at BKC Ground. This will be an underground station at about 25 metre depth, built in 3 levels and will be integrated with IFSC building proposed to be constructed above it. Mumbai HSR terminal at this proposed location will benefit the public at large, as the station is located in central business district with Mumbai metro station at a walking distance.

With that, here’s what each floor of the building will serve –

• Level  1 & above: IFSC
• Level  0: HSR Station & IFSC’s entrances
• Level -1: HSR’s administrative offices & storage rooms
• Level -2: HSR’s ticket counters, shops & food court (concourse level)
• Level -3: Six platforms for HSR trains (platform level)

NHSRCL’s MD and MMRDA’s Commissioner with land docs – Photo Copyright: CMO Maharashtra

This is easily the best news of the week and something I’ve long wanted for the city. As far as ground work goes, bids for the main-line’s construction still haven’t been invited – see tender page.

For more updates, check out the High Speed Rail section of The Metro Rail Guy!

– TMRG

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Global traveler who prefers mass rapid transit

12 Responses to "BKC Plot to House IFSC & Terminal for Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR Line"

  1. Samir Chandra Das says:

    The last line bothers me. I think we should forget 2022 deadline.

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  2. Mayur says:

    This is great news. Any idea where in BKC is this plot? G Block?

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    • TMRG says:

      It’s right next to the MMRDA’s grounds. The “4.6 hectare land parcel” text in my post has been linked up to its Google satellite view.

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      • Aditya says:

        That looks near to the airport as well. Will any connectivity will be provided to airport also.

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        • TMRG says:

          Unfortunately no. Would have been nice if a stop was made at T2 along the way.

          With the current set up, users from the HSR station will have to take Line-2 westbound and then Line-3 northbound to get to the airport.

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          • Aditya says:

            Would have been a whole lot of convenient for international passengers who come at mumbai airport and are bound for ahemdabad, I dont think they would prefer taking a metro and then board the bullet train.

  3. Vaasudev says:

    Can we have the start to end alignment of this project?

    https://nhsrcl.in/technical_detail_files/HSR-KMZ-Km-158-to-Km-400.kmz

    The above link is only partial.

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  4. VB says:

    Can we have the start to end alignment of this project?

    https://nhsrcl.in/technical_detail_files/HSR-KMZ-Km-158-to-Km-400.kmz

    The above link is only partial.

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  5. Sarthak says:

    International Financial Terminal? 😀

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  6. Ranjitkumar says:

    Instead of Other offices, they should bridge the Other Train networks (Indian railways and Mumbai Metro) for good Transit connection.

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  7. Zeeshan Ali Sayed says:

    Awesome, I hope this kind of co-ordination between agencies match up even in future and for all the projects.

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