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The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor will have a seven-km undersea tunnel (Representational)
New Delhi: National High-Speed Railway Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has invited bids for the construction of a 21-km long tunnel, of which seven kilometers will be under sea, for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Corridor. Sources told the Press Trust of India that after the change of government in Maharashtra, the work on the Bullet Train Corridor, which was earlier floated and withdrawn, is being refurbished.
The main attraction of the project is believed to be the construction of the tunnel between the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Maharashtra’s Thane district and the underground station at Shilphata. According to the tender document, the tunnel will be constructed using tunnel boring machines and New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM).
The seven kilometer undersea tunnel at Thane Creek will be the first undersea tunnel to be built in the country.
In November last year, NHSRCL invited bids for underground tunneling works for the project. But this year it was canceled with officials citing “administrative reasons”. In 2019, NHSRCL had invited tenders for the project for the first time, but did not attract any bidders. It again floated tenders in November 2021.
Sources told the news agency that land acquisition for the project in Maharashtra, including the Bandra-Kurla complex, had been a burning issue during the previous state government. PTI,
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