In view of the MMRDA’s stand, the Union Railways Ministry has launched an exercise to explore suitable location out of Maharashtra, sources said. The union minister of railways Suresh Prabhu has decided to hold meetings soon with state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also heads the MMRDA, to find a way out of the impasse.
The land is required for the proposed terminal at the sprawling Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in the central Mumbai suburbs. MMRDA, the town planning and nodal agency involved in the implementation of transportation infrastructure development projects in Mumbai metropolitan area, has expressed its inability to provide the large land parcel needed for the project. It has said that BKC has become a business centre and any additional land will be required to house offices of many national and international companies expected in this area.
A BJP state cabinet minister, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he was hoping that the issue would be settled after the proposed meeting between Prabhu and Fadnavis.
The 520 km distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is expected to be covered at an operating speed of 350 kilometre per hour, reducing the eight-hour commute time by at least 50%. The Railways Ministry has estimated a cost of Rs 125 crore per km for the proposed high-speed corridor.