The Mumbai — Ahmedabad bullet train project, which is scheduled to be completed by Dec 2023, may fail to meet its deadline due to the Covid-19 Pandemic that has led to delays in opening tenders, and land acquisition, officials said.
The National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) has already acquired of 63 percent of the land for the project -about 77 percent land in Gujarat, 80 percent in Dadar Nagar Haveli and 22 percent in Maharashtra. Official says there are still issues in acquiring land in areas like Palghar in Maharashtra and Navsari in Gujarat.
Last year, the company had floated nine civil work tenders which could not be opened because of the corona virus pandemic, officials said.
Because of COVID we had to postpone the opening of a few of the tenders. It is hitch to assess the impact of the pandemic on the project as it is still continuing. We cannot say how the Covid-19 pandemic will affect the project as I don’t know how long it will last, NHSRCL MD Achal Khare said.