NHSRCL to Construct All Weather Service Road. National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) to construct a four metre service road along the 508-km corridor, which will run throughout the alignment between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, excepting a few stretches with difficult terrain. The project is being executed at an approx. cost of Rs 1.08 lakh crore with active financial and technical support from Japan.
According to an official of National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), the road would aid in the supply of raw materials and provide logistical support to engineers and workers for construction of the corridor. Eventually, it will be transformed into an all-weather motorable road. This will prove a lifeline for people in remote areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Once the project is over, the service road will not only be used by engineers to carry out periodic inspection of the alignment but could also be used by the general public. The road could also act as a green corridor, transporting villagers in ambulances to big cities like Mumbai in no time.
The corridor will have 12 stations, running 156 km in Maharashtra, 4.3 km in the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and 348 km in Gujarat.
The authorities have identified 73 villages which would be affected by the project — 109 km of the project runs through this district. But officials believe, it would prove a lifeline for them.
In Vadodara, the corporation is also coming up with a satellite station on the city outskirts, an offshoot of the project.
NHSRCL chief project manager (Vadodara) Pradeep Ahirkar said that the new Chhayapuri station will come up as the corporation will dismantle platform seven of the main Vadodara station to enable construction of the high speed corridor. The new station will handle those trains which are bound for northern states including Delhi.