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Railways do not rule out the first phase of the bullet train in Gujarat | India News


NEW DELHI: Indian Railways on Saturday did not rule out the possibility of starting Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train operation between Ahmedabad and Vapi in Gujarat in the first phase, if the availability of land in Maharashtra is further delayed.
Answer a question about whether the government would start operating in two phases, the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Railways, VK Yadav, said that they are willing to start the service on the entire stretch. “The Maharashtra government has assured us that we will have more than 80% of the land available in the next four months … We are also preparing if we can operate the train in the first phase between Ahmedabad and Vapi (325 km), if there is a delay in obtaining land in Maharashtra due to any reason. But all these decisions will be made when we are clear about the availability of land in Maharashtra, ”he said.
TOI reported on November 26 how Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the railways to complete the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project in at least part of Gujarat on time, if land issues are not resolved for the falling stretch. in Maharashtra.
According to the minutes of the Pragati meeting chaired by Modi on November 25, the Maharashtra government was ordered to urgently hand over the needed lands in Thane and Vikhroli and to balance the lands by April 30, 2021. The railways ministries and the environment and the Maharashtra government were instructed to process the forest clearing proposal.
Land acquisition in the Maharashtra part so far has been around 23%.
The railways will adopt an indigenous system to avoid collisions
The head of the Railway Board, VK Yadav, told reporters on Saturday that they have decided to adopt the indigenous train collision avoidance system (TCAS) in accordance with the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’. This means that the national carrier will not opt ​​for the European Train Control System (ETCS) technology. Previously, he had planned to pilot a 600km race across the country. The rail power source, Railtel, had submitted tenders for this pilot test. Yadav said TCAS will be installed along dense cargo routes by March 2024 and across the network by 2030.
Yadav also said that the railways will cover their operating expenses from their profits despite the coronavirus pandemic. He said various expense control measures and gains from freight revenue will help offset losses in the passenger segment. Rail passenger revenue has dropped to just Rs 4.6 billion this year compared to Rs 53,000 crore last year. But the freight revenue is set at more than last year. “We have almost exceeded our freight and freight revenue from last year. So this year’s freight revenue would be higher than last year, ”he said.

Times of India