The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is expected to get completed in December 2023 as the land acquisition process has been initiated in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. This was said by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday in Rajya Sabha.
Notably, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge took up a question related to the Rs 1.10 lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha and said the cost of the high-speed rail corridor was exorbitant and the amount could have been spent on activities like doubling of thousands of kilometres of railway tracks or opening up of new divisions.
In a written reply to this, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the land acquisition process for 1,484 hectares has been initiated in 12 districts along the alignment of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project, falling in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
He further added that the master implementation programme for the project has been prepared and in the feasibility report the project completion date is indicated as December 2023. “The project was funded by a 50-year loan from Japan for an interest of just 0.1% and there was a moratorium on the repayment of the loan for 15 years,” he added.
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Taking a dig at opposition, the Railway Minister alleged Congress rule of sanctioning railway projects keeping in view narrow political gains. He further accused that the railway ministers in Congress rule sanctioned many projects in their own constituencies, without caring about the health of the Railways.
He, in the end, noted that there were projects sanctioned by the Congress-led government which did not kick off even after 40 years. However, the remark of Piyush Goyal invited noisy protests from Congress MPs.