The National High Speed Railway Corporation Limited has decided to initiate the procedure to acquire railway land between the old and new Sabarmatistations, for the bullet train station.
The bullet train station will be elevated and situated between the current old and new Sabarmati stations.
Officials said the bullet train will originate and terminate at the Sabarmati station with Kalupur being the second station in Ahmedabad. NHSRC officials said the journey time between Mumbai (Bandra-Kurla Complex) and Sabarmati will be 2.07 hours for a fast train and 2.58 hours for a train stopping at all twelve stations en route.
During peak hours — 7am to 10am and 5pm to 9pm — there will be three trains every hour, or a train every 20 minutes. Two trains will depart at off-peak hours. Passenger capacity will initially be 750 per train and it will be increased to 1,250 later.
Dhananjay Kumar, the NHSRC public relations officer, said, “We have decided to originate the train from the Sabarmati station area. There will be one bullet train every 20 minutes during peak hours.”
NHSRC operations officials said the railways will soon float a tender to shifting the container and locomotive workshop, to make way for the elevated station. The bullet train will have a design speed of 350kmph and a top operating speed of 320kmph.
Trains currently plying the route take about seven hours to travel the distance, while flights takes about one hour.
Indian Railways operates about 20 trains between the two cities every day. There are also 10 flights between the cities. “We are planning to have 35 pairs of bullet train services, which means the trains will make 70 trips a day,” an NHSRC official said.