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Railway minister Suresh Prabhu & CM Devendra Fadnavis to hold talks over bullet train project

MUMBAI: Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to intervene in a bid to resolve the deadlock facing India’s first bullet train. There is a possibility of Prabhu meeting Bullet trainin this regard.

A few days ago, the MMRDA had refused to hand over its plot at the Bandra-Kurla Complex to the railways for setting up a terminal for the bullet train project, putting the project in limbo.

The bullet train is proposed to start from a swanky terminal at the BKC and run parallel to the Western Railway all the way to Ahmedabad. Sources hinted that if the deadlock continued, the project may be shifted to another state. However, with Prabhu now likely to meet the chief minister to discuss the issue, there seems to be some hope, said an official, who did not wish to be named.

An MMRDA official, however, suggested that the railways could shift the alignment either to Bandra Terminus or Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. If this is done, it will be feasible for the railways to integrate various modes of transit and help in seamless travel, the official stated. MMRDA officials said they have written to the railways and informed them that it will not be possible to part with the land at BKC. Railway officials were unavailable for comment.

The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is one of the ambitious projects promised by the Narendra Modi government and is on the priority list. The project cost is pegged at around Rs 70,000 crore, according to the interim estimates given by Japan International Co-operation Agency.

When contacted, Prabhu said, he frequently meets the CM to discuss routine matters. He did not elaborate on the bullet train issue.


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