National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) today invited bids for the first ever preparatory survey work to develop the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the upcoming 750 km Mumbai – Nasik – Nagpur High Speed Rail (bullet train) project in Maharashtra.
After the 865 km Delhi – Varanasi High-Speed Rail Line and 886 km Delhi – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Line, this is the third of six new high speed rail corridors, planned by the Government of India in 2019, for which basic preliminary work has commenced to start construction on the project.
On the Mumbai end of the line, the line’s new civil infrastructure is expected to start from Thane, or thereabouts, and branch off from the 508.17 km Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor which is riddled with land acquisition issues, high bids quoted by infrastructure companies and an indifferent incumbent state government in Maharashtra.
Scope: Survey, Identification of Overhead, Over Ground, Underground Utilities And Identification Of Power Sourcing Options for substations Along The Proposed Mumbai- Nasik-Nagpur High Speed Rail Corridor.
- Tender No: NHSRCL/CO/EL/POWER/2020/25
- Period of Work: 112 days
- Bid Submission End Date: 29-Sep-2020 03:00 PM
- Bid Opening Date: 30-Sep-2020 03:00 PM
The bidding documents will be available to download tomorrow morning at 9 am, so it’ll be interesting to see if NHSRCL reveals any of the planned station names or their numbers within it. If they do, I’ll add an update here.
The finalization of the line’s alignment is months, if not years, away, but the line is expected to partly follow the under construction 701 km Samruddhi Mahamarg Expressway (Nagpur Mumbai Super Communication Expressway) which will connect 10 districts of the state.
If the Delhi – Ahmedabad line’s development is anything to go by, then in the coming days NHSRCL will invite bids for the line’s Ridership (Traffic Study), General Alignment Drawings, and Final Alignment Design including LiDAR survey.
For more updates, check out the High Speed Rail section of The Metro Rail Guy!
Hat-tip to Sanskar Bapna