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 approved 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. 

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. Work on the main-line is expected to begin in 2021.

Key Figures

Operational: 0 km | Under Construction: 0 km | Approved: 508.17 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
Signalling: ETCS Level-2 of ERTMS
• Rolling Stock: 24 trains x 10 coaches
Train Capacity: 750 
• 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
Govt. of Japan (JICA): Rs. 88000 crore
Govt. of India: Rs. 17,000 crore
Govt. 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

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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 indicative/tentative.

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
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: December 21, 2020
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 (L&T) is Lowest Bidder
Package C5: 8.198 km elevated viaduct and station within Vadodara Tender Notice Pending
Package C6: 87.569 km elevated viaduct between Vadodara and Ahmedabad Technical Bid Evaluation Underway (3 bids received from Larsen & Toubro, Afcons and Tata consortiums on September 25)
Package C7: 18.133 km elevated viaduct and station within Ahmedabad Bids Invited in October 2020
Package C8: 2.126 km viaduct, building works at Sabarmati Depot Tender Notice Pending
Package P1(a): Construction of 1 PSC Bridge & 10 Steel Truss Bridges between Shilphata and Zaroli Tender Notice Pending
Package P1(b): Construction of 2 PSC Bridges & 6 Steel Truss Bridges between Zaroli and Vadodara. Tender Notice Pending
Package P1(c): Construction of 1 PSC Bridge & 4 Steel Truss Bridges between Vadodara and Ahmedabad. Tender Notice Pending
Package P2: Construction of PSC Bridge No. GAD 10 over NH48, Navsari District. Tender Notice Pending
Package P3: Construction of PSC Bridge No. GAD 11 over NH48, Navsari District. Tender Notice Pending
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). Technical Bid Evaluation Underway (8 bids received)

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