Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail – Information, Route Map, Fares, Tenders & Updates

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Mumbai – Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR Bullet Train) project is a 508.17 km under construction High Speed Rail line that will connect Mumbai, Maharashtra with Ahmedabad, Gujarat through 12 stations at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.1 lakh crore (US$15 billion).

The project is being executed by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd. (NHSRCL) through a 50-year ₹88,087 crore (US$12 billion) loan from Japan at an interest rate of 0.1%, with repayments scheduled to start 15 years after the line becomes operational.

  • Current Project Deadline: December 2023
  • My Estimated Completion: Mid-2027

Trains on the line will operate at a speed of 320 kmph on an elevated viaduct 10-15m above the ground except in Mumbai where the line will be built underground using 3 mega Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM). Between Mumbai and Thane stations, the line will run under the sea at Thane Creek for roughly 2 km.

The line’s rolling stock will comprise of Shinkansen E5 trains which are capable to running at a maximum speed of 350 kmph (220 mph) with operational speeds of 320 kmph (200 mph).

The project’s foundation stone was laid by the prime ministers of India and Japan on September 14, 2017 after which construction work commenced for a 4000-employee training centre in Vadodara. The Indian government set a deadline of August 15, 2022, but that will not be met due to land acquisition issues (825 hectares required) primarily in the state of Maharashtra.

As of May 2020, construction has been completed on the lodging buildings at the Vadodara Training Centre, and is underway on the Sabarmati HSR Terminal Station. Concrete pouring work on the main-line’s foundation began on February 10, 2021.

Key Figures

Operational: 0 km | Under Construction: 324.67 km | Approved: 183.501 km

Elevated: 468 km | Underground: 27 km (2 km under sea at Thane Creek) | At-Grade: 13 km

System Specifications

  • Maximum Speed: 350 kmph
  • Operational Speed: 320 kmph
  • Average Speed: 250 kmph
  • Track Gauge: Standard Gauge – 1435mm
  • Signaling: ETCS Level-2 of ERTMS
  • Rolling Stock: 24 trains x 10 coaches
  • Train Capacity: 750 passengers
  • Traction: 25 KV AC overhead catenary (OHE)
  • Safety: Urgent Earthquake Detection and Alarm System (UrEDAS) for automatic breaking in case of an earthquake

Project Cost: Rs. 1.1 lakh crore

Funding Pattern / Sources

  • Government. of Japan (JICA): Rs. 88000 crore
  • Government of India: Rs. 17,000 crore
  • Governments of Maharashtra & Gujarat: Rs. 5000 crore

Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR Route Information

  • Length: 508.17 km
  • Type: Elevated, Underground & At-Grade
  • Depots: Sabarmati Rail Depot, Surat Rail Depot and Thane Rail Depot
  • Number of Stations: 12
  • Station Names: Mumbai (Bandra Kurla Complex), Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand/Nadiad, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati

Project Overview Video

Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR Operational Plan

The line’s Operational Control Centre (OCC) will be located at Sabarmati. Trains will be operated with 2 types of services for riders –

  • High Speed (2.58 hour journey): Ahmedabad (Sabarmati) – Ahmedabad (Kalupur) – Anand – Vadodara – Bharuch – Surat – Bilimora – Vapi – Boisar – Virar – Thane – Mumbai (Bandra Kurla Complex)
  • Rapid High Speed (2.07 hour journey): Ahmedabad (Sabarmati) – Vadodara – Surat – Mumbai (Bandra Kurla Complex)

Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR Route Map

Alignment and location of stations shown below are purely indicative just to give an idea of how the line might look like.

An official PDF route map of the Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR line will be added here when available.

Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR Fares (Prices)

The fare structure is yet to be finalized but is expected to be 1.5 times the existing first class AC fare on the Indian Railways’ current service. The line’s official fare structure, prices and rules are expected to be finalized closer to the start of commercial operations.

Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR Tenders

Latest NHSRCL Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail tender notices can be viewed on NHSRCL’s website. News on these notices, their bidders, awarded tenders and contracts are covered in further detail on the news & construction page.

Mumbai – Ahmedabad HSR Major Contractors

Contract Contractor
Feasibility Study JICA – Ministry of Railways (RVNL) JV
General Consultant Japan International Consultants for Transportation Co., Ltd. (JIC) – Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. – Oriental Consultants Global Co., Ltd. JV
Project Management Consultant (PMC) Tata Consulting Engineers – Consulting Engineers Group – Aarvee Associates – PADECO Co. JV
Geotechnical Investigations by Borehole Drilling & Plate Load Test K.C.T. Consultancy Services
Geotechnical Investigation of 2 km undersea section at Thane Creek Kawasaki Geological Engineering – RITES
Design and Build Works for Construction of Lodging (Phase – I) of Training Institute Cube Construction Engineering Limited
Construction of Quarters, Offices, Out house Garages and other Miscellaneous works in National Academy of Indian Railway Campus Lalbaug Vadodara J.R. Construction
Construction of Various Building Structures in Vadodara Yard and nearby areas Vijay Agarwal & Associates
Design and Build Works for Construction of Sabarmati HSR Terminal B.L.Kashyap & Sons Ltd.
Package C1: 1.028 km Underground Station at BKC, Mumbai Bids Invited in November 2019 ; Current Submission Deadline: August 5, 2021
Package C2: 20.377 km underground tunnel between BKC Station to Shilphata, Thane (3 Mega TBMs to be used) Bid Submission Deadline Passed – No Bids Received
Package C3: 135.450 km elevated line between Shilphata, Thane and Zaroli Village (MH/GJ Border) Tender Notice Pending
Package C4: 237.1 km elevated line between Zaroli Village (MH/GJ Border) and Vadodara Larsen & Toubro
Package C5: 8.198 km elevated viaduct and station within Vadodara Bidding Underway
Package C6: 87.569 km elevated viaduct between Vadodara and Ahmedabad Larsen & Toubro
Package C7: 18.133 km elevated viaduct and station within Ahmedabad 6 bids received in March
Package C8: 2.126 km viaduct, building works at Sabarmati Depot SCC-VRS JV is lowest bidder
Package P1(a): Construction of 1 PSC Bridge & 10 Steel Truss Bridges between Shilphata and Zaroli Tender Notice Pending
Package P1(b): Construction of 4 PSC Bridges & 7 Steel Truss Bridges between Zaroli and Vadodara. MG Contractors is lowest bidder
Package P1(c): Construction of 1 PSC Bridge & 4 Steel Truss Bridges between Vadodara and Ahmedabad. MG Contractors is lowest bidder
Package P2: Construction of PSC Bridge No. GAD 10 over NH48, Navsari District. Bids Invited August 2019
Package P3: Construction of PSC Bridge No. GAD 11 over NH48, Navsari District. Bids Invited August 2019
Package P4: Procurement of Structural Steel, Fabricating & Supplying Steel Structures (Truss) of various sizes at workshops, to be erected by Special Bridges packages P-1(A), P-1(B), P-1(C). Larsen & Toubro – IHI Infrastructure Consortium
Package T1: Design, Supply & Construction of Track & Track related works between HSR station at BKC/ Mumbai and Zaroli Village on MH/GJ border (156.855 km) Tender Notice Pending
Package T2: Design, Supply & Construction of Track and Track related works between Zaroli Village and Vadodara (237.10 km) Bids Invited January 29
Package T3: Design, Supply & Construction of Track and Track related works between Vadodara and Sabarmati Depot and workshops (114.60 km) Tender Notice Pending

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