Mumbai-Ahmedabad HSR Corridor (Silver Line)

  • Sector: Railways
  • Length: 508.17 km
  • Investment: Rs 1,080 billion
  • Ownership: Government (central and state)
  • Implementing agency: National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited
  • Mode of implementation: EPC
  • Start date: September 2017
  • Expected completion: December 2023

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project, the first of its kind in India, will have a total length of 508.17 km – 155.76 km in Maharashtra, 348.04 km in Gujarat and 4.3 km in Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The corridor will be elevated, except for a 21 km underground tunnel between Thane and Virar including a 7 km undersea corridor. With speeds over 300 km per hour, it will help in reducing the travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to around two hours. JICA is funding 80 per cent of the cost through a soft loan, while the remaining cost would be borne by the two state governments. So far, tenders have been floated for 68 per cent of the project’s civil works. However, the project is facing hurdles due to delays in land acquisition, especially in Maharashtra. Only 60 per cent of the land has been acquired as of now. The trial run on the Surat-Bilimora section in Gujarat is expected to be conducted by August 2022.