The country’s most ambitious bullet train project seems to be stuck in the pitches of land acquisition and politics. Land acquisition work is pending for the project in Maharashtra including Mumbai. Along with this, in the Bandra Kurla complex where the bullet train terminal is proposed, the Shiv Sena government is also trying to build a metro shed and stop the road.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Railway Board has indicated that if there is a delay in land acquisition in Maharashtra, then the name of Mumbai can be cut from the journey of the country’s first metro rail. Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said that Indian Railways wants to start the bullet train project simultaneously and we have planned accordingly. The Maharashtra government has assured to provide more than 80 percent land in the next 4 months.
Vinod Yadav said that if we get the land then the project can be started in both Gujarat and Maharashtra, but we cannot delay the project. We are also preparing that if there is a delay in land acquisition in Maharashtra, we can run a bullet train to Vapi in Gujarat in the first phase.