Mumbaikars might soon be able to reach Shirdi in just around 1 hour 10 minutes instead of six hours, current time a super-fast express train to cover the distance of both cities.
If reports are to be believed a detailed project report (DPR) of the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur bullet train is almost ready, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Railways in the last week of February or 1st week of March.
Moreover, it has come to light that much like Mumbai’s famously fast and slow locals, the proposed bullet train route will also have two types of services.
As per DPR, which is yet to be submitted to the railway ministry, the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur bullet train will start from BKC, and go to Thane on the under-construction route of Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train. From Thane it will run via Shahpur, Ghoti, Igatpuri to Nashik. After that it will connect Shirdi, then along with under Samruddhi Highway project, this proposed corridor will connect the orange city.
According to DPR, slow bullet train services will halt at all stations. It will take around 4 hours 15 minutes, however, express services of this proposed route will halt at only major stations.
Though, the railway department said that they are hoping to start the work by 2024. Once works will start we will try to complete it in 7 years.
According to Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Danve the DPR of the high-speed rail corridor of Nagpur-Mumbai is in advanced stage and will be completed shortly.
For the construction of this around 750 km long Mumbai-Nagpur bullet train corridor, the railway will need around INR 1.5 lakh crore, which will likely have around a dozen of stations.