Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Rs 98,000-crore bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai has hit a roadblock.
As per a plan prepared by Japanese consultants, who surveyed all options, the Mumbai station was to be constructed underground at the BKC — the central business district in the western suburb.
Bandra-Kurla complex in Google Maps
Even the fact that the station would be underground hasn’t impressed the state government.
NSE building at BKC, Mumbai livemint
The state told the Railways that it would incur a loss of Rs 10,000 cr if the proposed station in built at that place.
The station would only need 0.9 hectares to build access to the underground station out of 28-hectare land, but Maharashtra believes that as per rules a large portion of the proposed financial centre would become inaccessible. However, the Railways contend that it would only enhance the profile of the proposed centre.
Japanese consultants had opted for BKC because it would provide better traffic and a superior accessibility to the project.