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Construction : Web Exclusive | March 2017 | Source : CW-India

Railways begin drilling for India’s first undersea bullet train corridor

TheRailwayMinistry has commencedtestdrills on the undersea route to ascertain soil condition for theconstruction of bullet train route.The7-kmundersea route of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor ispart of India’s first bullet train project.Theconstruction of the corridor is expected to begin in 2018.

Thetests are conducted to identify the nature of the soil and the rockstrata, and to know if the site can support the structure. The studywill also help in identifying the alignment location and exact spotsfor the pillars.According to reports, thetest will also cover the 21-km-long underground tunnel between Thaneand Virar.

The508-km-longMumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor will cover 12 stations andwill have a 21 km tunnel under the sea.Thebullet train is expected to cover 508 km in about two hours and willrun at a maximum speed of 350 kmph and operating speed of 320 kmph.Theunderwater passage will considerably reduce the distance betweenMumbai and Ahmedabad, and will give passengers the thrill of ridingunder the sea at a speed of 350kmper hour.Whilea large section of the 508-km-longcorridor will be on elevated track, the entire stretch will havemultiple underground and underwater passages.

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