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Bullet Train: NHSRCL Invites Bid For Construction Of Underground Station At BKC

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By: Anand Singh
Updated: July 22, 2022 15:19
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NEW DELHI: The National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) on Friday said that it has invited bids for the design and construction of the Bandra-Kurla Complex station in Mumbai.

The NHSRCL is the implementing agency for the bullet train project. The project will see a high-speed rail corridor between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, where the train will travel at a speed of 320 kmph. The train will cover a distance of 508 kms and will have 12 stations. The corridor is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities to about three hours from the current six hours.

NHSRCL spokesperson Sushma Gaur in a statement said, “The NHSRCL has invited bids for the design and construction of BKC high-speed rail station in Mumbai under C1 package. This will be the only underground station in Mumbai Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor.”

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She also said that in addition to BKC Station, the C1 Package tender also includes a cut and cover length of 467m and a ventilation shaft of 66m. “This shaft will also be used for taking out tunnel boring machines (retrieval shaft),” she said.

Gaur said that BKC station will have 6 platforms and the length of each platform is 415 m, which will be sufficient to accommodate a 16-coach bullet train.

“The station will have connectivity with the metro and road,” she said.

She further stated that the platform is planned at a depth of about 24 meters from the ground level. “There will be three floors including platform, concourse and service floor,” she said.

The NHSRCL official also said that two entry and exit points are planned, one to facilitate access to the nearby Metro station of metro line 2B and the other towards the MTNL building.

The station has been planned in a way that ample space is available for passenger movement and amenities at the concourse and platform level, Gaur said.

Dedicated skylight provisions have been made for natural lighting.

The amenities planned for passengers at stations include security, ticketing, waiting areas, business class lounge, nursery, rest rooms, smoking rooms, information kiosks and incidental retail, public information and announcement system, CCTV surveillance, etc.

Besides that, the integration with other modes of transportation like metro, buses, autos and taxis is also planned.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for the 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR project in September 2017. The work in the Rs 1.08 lakh crore project is in full swing. The NHSRCL has acquired over 75 per cent of land for the project.

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