India’s National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL) and Japan Railway Track Consultant Co. Limited (JRTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for track work design for the Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed rail line.
“This signing of MoU marks a very important milestone for MAHSR [Mumbai–Ahmedabad high–speed rail project] project. This also symbolises a strong team–work and association which I am sure will not be limited to MAHSR project but may also continue for other future projects in other countries,” the Managing Director of NHSRCL said.
The agreement covers the T2 package representing a railway line of 237 km between Vadodara to Vapi in Gujarat state. For this section, the tender of the design, supply and construction of the track has been launched in January 2021. This is the first and the longest section of the Mumbai–Ahmedabad high-speed line which is implemented into three major packages. In October, Larsen & Toubro was announced by the NHSRCL as the preferred bidder with a USD 4.6 billion submitted offer.
Under the agreement, JRTC will provide the detailed design and drawing of major high-speed rail track components like RC track bed, track slab arrangement and continuous welded rail (CWR) forces etc.
The virtual event was attended by Achal Khare, the Managing Director, Sri Rajendra Prasad, the Project Director, Vijay Kumar, the Director of Rolling Stock and other senior officers from NHSRCL, Miyamoto Shingo the Minister from Embassy of Japan to India, Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative of JICA and Horiyama the President of JRTC.
“This MoU will strengthen the ties between India and Japan partnership and will also give a boost to ‘Make in India’ initiative. This will also ensure the transfer of technology from Japanese high-speed rail system to India,” Shinzo Miyamoto said.
The track work design agreement is part of India’s first high-speed rail project which will link Mumbai and Ahmedabad on a 508 km line. The project is implemented with technical and financial assistance of Government of Japan. The line will be served by 12 stations, three rolling stock depots including Sabarmati, Surat, and Thane and eight maintenance depots. USD 15 billion is the estimated value of the high-speed line which will allow trains to run at a speed of 320 km/h.