The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC) floated a tender for construction of the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) terminus, which is estimated to cost Rs 1,800 crore.
The contractors will be finalized by May 2020.
The 508km bullet train has several benefits in terms of employment generation and investment opportunities.
While the BKC terminus is to be built underground, above it will be erected the IFSC building. The tender for the project had been delayed as the MMRDA had sought relaxation in the height for the buildings in BKC so the centre could have more floors—the height of buildings in BKC had been capped at 61m and the MMRDA wanted the limit increased to 96m. The idea behind pushing for more floors is to maximize generation of revenue from the financial services center.
The issue has been resolved last and the NHSRC has already floated the tender for the BKC terminus.
The IFSC building will come up on a 50-hectare plot, while the underground termnus will be built on approximately 4.9 hectares. The terminus will have three island platforms to accommodate six trains simultaneously. Each platform will be 480m long to accommodate 16-car train. The contractor will be finalized by May 2020 and will take at least two years to construct the terminus with cut and cover technology.
Initially, only four platforms will be used, but provision has been made for two more in case a high-speed train is run on the Mumbai-Nagpur route. The lying time for the train is 20-25 minutes, hence the need for six platforms.