May 22, 2024
Bullet Train: Construction begins in Palghar & Thane Districts

The Bullet Train project by National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHRCL) has initiated construction activities in Palghar and Thane districts under Package C-3. On 19.07.23, NHRCL awarded Larsen & Toubro a Rs. 15,697 crore contract for the construction work of 135.45 km Package C-3. This milestone signifies a new era of high-speed rail connectivity, promising enhanced regional mobility.

Progress Update
Package C-3, encompassing a total length of 135.45 kilometres from Shilphata to Zaroli village on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border, features a combination of infrastructure elements:

– Infrastructure: The package comprises 124.027 kilometres of viaducts and bridges alongside 5.361 kilometres of earth structures.

– Structural Highlights: It includes 36 bridges and crossings, with 12 steel bridges and three elevated stations at Thane, Virar, and Boisar.

– Tunneling Efforts: Six mountain tunnels and one cut-and-cover tunnel are underway to facilitate seamless connectivity.

Current Work Status
Geotechnical Surveys: Rapid progress has been made in surveying key locations, including the Vaitarna River, Virar, and Boisar bullet train stations.
Tunnel Construction: Commencing work on two mountain tunnels signifies a significant milestone in the project’s timeline.
Foundation Activities: Pier foundation work is in progress at multiple locations, ensuring the stability and longevity of the viaducts.
Casting Yard Development: To support bridge construction, establishing casting yards for full span and segment casting of girders is underway.

Implications and Significance
The initiation of construction activities in the Palghar and Thane districts will likely contribute to regional development. Once operational, the bullet train corridor promises to revolutionise travel between major urban centres, fostering economic growth and societal advancement.

As Package C-3 progresses towards completion, momentum builds towards realising the ambitious goals of the Bullet Train project.

Complemented by metro lines and other mass transit systems, the high-speed rail network will offer commuters a seamless, efficient, and sustainable mode of travel, further enhancing connectivity and accessibility across the country.

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