New Delhi: According to reports, the National High Speed Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) is looking at floating over 20 tenders for the bullet train project by January next year.
This was revealed by a PTI story that quoted several sources from the railway ministry.
Tenders amounting to Rs88,000 crore will be floated for inviting bids for building coaches, infrastructure, signalling, technology, and others.
NHSRCL floated the first tender for the bullet train in July, amid local resistance against land acquisition. The first tender was for building a of a bridge in Navsari district of Gujarat. This bridge been reported as the first of 60-odd bridges on the 508-km high-speed corridor.
The project which has been riddled with land issues in both Maharashtra and Gujarat has also been embroiled in court cases filed recently by five farmers who have questioned the process of acquisition and said that it should be governed by central laws.
The tenders have been floated even as NHSRCL is working towards acquiring 1,434 hectares of land from 298 villages in Gujarat and 350 hectares from 104 villages in Maharashtra.
The project has been facing stiff opposition from farmers in Gujarat, Maharashtra. There was opposition from Palghar, a suburb to the South of Mumbai where approximately 109 kilometers of the train is expected to pass.
Opposition was also reported from Vikhroli, a location that Godrej Group says is owned by them.