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Modi pitches for Ahd-Mumbai bullet train in next Rly budget

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has urged for inclusion of running a bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai in the next railway budget.

business Updated: Jun 05, 2009 19:49 IST

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has urged for inclusion of running a bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai in the next railway budget.

Speaking on the occasion of rolling out the first Movia car indigenously built in the country for Delhi Metro, Modi on Friday said, "Gujarat is ready to give all assistance for running the bullet train."

The Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, is likely to present the railway budget in the first week of July.

Bombardier, a foreign multinational company has setup a wholly owned metro rail coach manufacturing plant at Savli in Gujarat, for production and first assembly of bogies and car bodies for which it has invested Rs 200 crores.

Modi reminded that the Gujarat government has already sent its proposal to the Centre in this regard long time ago and now it is for them to take decision on it, he said.

The then minister of state for Railways Naranbhai Rathwa had also confirmed about receiving this proposal from the Gujarat government.

Modi has favoured on running this train on the concept of public-private-partnership (PPP).

The entire project would cost around Rs 22,000 crores. This proposed bullet train is expected to run 250 kms per hour on the dedicated fast track and can cut traveling time between the two cities by nearly half.

Modi suggested to the Bombardier company to develop a port in Gujarat for exporting its Moviar cars and trains from India to other countries for which Gujarat government is ready to provide all type of assistance it needed, Modi said.

He also suggested the company to adopt villages around the Savli plant, as part of their corporate social responsibility.

Presiding over the function, E Sreedharan, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) suggested to the Gujarat Chief Minister, to set up vendor shops for manufacturing the requirements of Bombardier Company locally for which DMRC was ready to help Gujarat government, he added.

Bombardier's Savli factory is a big step in achieving self-reliance and indiginisation of metro coaches in the country and within eight months it has rolled the first train, he added.

Survey on metro services in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Banglore, Ludhiana, and other cities are being conducted where DMRC has been acting as a consulant. Shreedharan said.

"The Savli site is a symbol of a paradigm shift offering India and the south East Asian region a truly sustainable transportation product in rapidly changing times," Stephan Rambaud Measson, President, passengers division, Bombardier transportation said.

"With the success of the Delhi Metro phase II project, Bombardier is actively pursuing other Metro projects in this region and the Savli site will serve the future orders as well, he said.