Looking at the report published by Indian Railway on its year 2010 activities, the latest status of much talked Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad (650 km approx.) fast train project becomes clear.
According to Railway ministry report published on 31st of December, “A consultant appointed in April 2009 has submitted the final report of Pre-feasibility studies for High Speed Rail Corridor (Pune – Mumbai – Ahmedabad). The Final Report is under examination by all the stake holders i.e. State Government of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Central and Western Railways and various Directorates of Ministry of Railways.”
It should be mentioned here that the Railway ministry has identified six corridors for conducting pre-feasibility studies for high speed train.
(i) Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar (450 km approx.)
(ii) Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad (650 km approx.)
(iii) Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijaywada-Chennai (664 km approx.)
(iv) Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam (649 km approx.)
(v) Howrah-Haldia (135 km approx.)
(vi) Delhi -Agra-Lucknow -Varanasi – Patna (991 km approx. )
Out of them, only Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad project has passed pre-feasibility studies stage. In all other cases the process is still in bidding stage for appointment of consultant who would prepare a pre-feasibility study report.