Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said that the Mumbai terminal of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train corridor will be underneath the Bandra Kurla Complex, indicating that the deadlock over the issue is nearing an end.
At the Magnetic Maharashtra event being organised at the BKC, Goyal said: “The bullet train terminal will be underneath where this event is being held.”
Goyal had recently intervened to end the two-year-long deadlock on this issue since the state had refused to budge from its stand. In fact, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority had been objecting to the location of the proposed terminal for the past two years and had been requesting Railways to shift the location to a nearby land — a request Railways has not found feasible.
It is learnt that after Goyal’s intervention with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the state had indicated in-principle agreement to let the original plan prevail. However, it is yet to issue a formal communication to that effect, a senior railway official said.
The proposed station will be located 25 meters underground in three levels with a state-planned financial hub located over it.
The distance from the bullet train station to the airport will be five kilometres, while the nearest railway station, Bandra, is three kilometres away.
“Travel time from Boisar, Virar, and Thane will be drastically reduced. People from Boisar would be able to reach Mumbai in 39 minutes while time from Virar and Thane would be 24 minutes and 10 minutes respectively,” said a senior railway official.