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Instead of saline, water conforming to prescribed specifications being used for bullet train project

The ambitious Rs 1.08-lakh-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed 508 km line is scheduled to be commissioned in 2022.


PTI Last Updated at 01 Aug 2018, 20:08 IST India

Instead of saline water, "water conforming to prescribed specifications" is being used by engineers for concreting work pertaining to the bullet train project, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain told the Lok Sabha today.

The ambitious Rs 1.08-lakh-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed 508 km line is scheduled to be commissioned in 2022.

Being implemented by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) it is being built with an 80 percent loan from Japan.

Responding to a query on whether the civil engineers of Japanese team working on the project have refused to use saline water in construction activities and instead opted for RO water, Gohain said the engineers were using water according to specified norms.

"Supervision consultants comprising both Japanese and Indian engineers have permitted the use of water conforming to prescribed specifications. The specifications do not allow the use of saline water in concrete," he said.

Officials said that the Japanese engineers had insisted on RO water as they feared that salty water could compromise the strength of the structure and even shorten its lifespan.

In fact, RO water has been used in many places in the Delhi metro rail route as well, they said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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