The big-ticket project is expected to be showcased by the BJP during campaigning for the upcoming Gujarat election and the 2019 Lok Sabha poll.
Arun Kumar Das
While an e-procurement process was already in place, ministry officials feel that it hasn’t brought down expenses enough.
The new railways minister has also decided to man all unmanned level crossings within a year.
The train is expected to reduce travel time between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to less than three hours from the current seven hours.
The state-run transporter is struggling with the absence of adequate security systems, deficiencies in track maintenance and a severe lag in adopting new technology.
In a report submitted to the ministry, the World Bank has slammed the manner in which the Commission of Railway Safety probes accidents and has emphasised the need for an independent body to fix responsibility.
Five months after cabinet approval, the department of personnel and training has started paving the way for setting up the Rail Development Authority.