The National High-Speed Rail (NHSRCL), a state-owned company for high-speed rail development in India, has opened a tender process for the development of the Sabarmati terminal hub.

Part of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, the Sabarmati terminal hub will serve as source station for all passengers boarding at Ahmedabad.

The other terminal hub will be located at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai.

NHSRCL’s Dhananjay Kumar told PTI that 16 companies have submitted their bidding documents during a meeting in Ahmedabad, expressing their interest in building the terminal hub.

Despite refusing to reveal the names of the bidding companies, Kumar said that all firms are based in India.

“Part of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, the Sabarmati terminal hub will serve as source station for all passengers boarding at Ahmedabad.”

The deadline for submitting bids is 5 October 2018.

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An NHSRCL official told TPI that the project, estimated to cost Rs3bn-Rs4bn ($42m-$56.4m), will start within one month after the contract is awarded and will take 30 months to complete.

To be developed as a business hub, the terminal building will also offer connectivity to the Ahmedabad metro and the BRT corridor.

NHSRCL has recently started preliminary works of relocation of the trees falling on the alignment of the rail corridor. Major construction works are scheduled to begin from January next year.

The Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train, the first of its kind in India, stretches through 508km and will include 12 stations.

It is expected to start operations from 2022.