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Training centre for high-speed rail to come up in Gujarat

The training centre is supposed to start operating by 2020.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2017 22:26 IST
Srinand Jha
Srinand Jha
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A bullet train in Japan. The upcoming high-speed rail training centre will have modules to enable testing of bullet trains.(Shutterstock)

The country is set to get its first high-speed rail training centre at Gandhinagar.

“The centre will provide for advanced training modules on cutting edge technologies. The construction will begin shortly after the foundation-laying ceremony is held in September,” said Achal Khare, managing director, National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC).

Being constructed over railway land measuring 4,400 metres at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore, the training centre will have a sample track fitted with the overhead electrical systems to enable testing of bullet trains that will run on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.

While India’s first bullet train is proposed to hit the track in 2023, the training centre is supposed to start operating by 2020, Khare told HT.

The training of 4,000 rail engineers has been envisaged before 2020. Approximately 300 of these will be trained in Japan, while the rest will undergo courses at the Gandhinagar centre.

A maintenance depot for high speed rolling stock is also proposed to be set up at the existing railway facility at Sabarmati. “The existing utilities at the centre are currently being shifted,” Khare said.

Civil work on the ambitious project – which has the NHRSC, the Japan International Consultants for Transportation (JIC), Nippon Koei Co and the Oriental Consultants Global Company Limited as general consultants – is expected to start in 2018.

The process of acquiring 800 hectares required for the project will also begin next year. Two third of the land required for the project comes within Gujarat territory, while one-third falls in Maharashtra. Latest project cost is estimated at ?1,10,000 crore.

Alignments and designs on the 508km corridor have been finalised, while a social impact assessment study has been awarded to a Mumbai-firm called Arcades. The firm will submit its first report by September-end.

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 22:26 IST