Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw unveiled a stunning preview of India’s inaugural bullet train station located at the Sabarmati Multimodal Transport Hub in Ahmedabad. The showcased clip offers a tantalizing glimpse into the grandeur of this architectural marvel, boasting cutting-edge features designed to elevate passenger comfort and redefine travel experiences.
Set to operate between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, this ambitious venture is powered by technical and financial support from the Government of Japan. Mr. Vaishnaw aptly captioned his post, “Terminal for India’s first bullet train! Sabarmati multimodal transport hub, Ahmedabad.”
Terminal for India’s first bullet train!
📍Sabarmati multimodal transport hub, Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/HGeoBETz9x
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) December 7, 2023
The construction of India’s pioneering High-Speed Rail (HSR) corridor between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is making remarkable progress. Spanning 508 km, the corridor comprises elevated tracks covering 448 km, tunnels spanning 26 km, bridges extending across 10 km, and 7 km atop an embankment, uniting crucial financial hubs in Western India.
Ahmedabad’s bullet train station features a magnificent stainless steel mural commemorating the historic Dandi March, a pivotal moment in Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent resistance against the British regime.
The sprawling hub building spans an area of approximately 1,33,000 square meters, housing twin structures designated for offices, commercial development, and retail spaces, catering to the needs of passengers.
Recently, the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHRCL) revealed the completion of nearly 15% of the civil work for the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) Station, a significant component of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail corridor, aiming for full station completion by 2027.
The BKC station, the corridor’s sole underground stop, boasts six platforms tailored for 16-coach bullet trains, with excavation reaching a depth of 32 meters. Encompassing three floors—platform, concourse, and service floor—the station is constructed across 4.8 hectares, with the platform planned at approximately 24 meters below ground level.
During peak construction periods, an estimated workforce of up to 6,000 individuals may be required daily to contribute to this monumental project.