Earlier, Gupta was the Principal Executive Director of Gati Shakti Project. He has held many senior positions in Railways including Planning and Finance.
The Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, which is supervised by the Railway Department of the Central Government, is also supervised by the State Governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The state governments have earmarked Rs 12,000 crore for this project in the budget. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav had stated that the land acquisition for this project was 100 percent completed in the month of January. The total cost of the project was estimated at Rs 1.08 lakh crore. A loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency will help cover 81 percent of the construction cost.
The project has received an approval of Rs 20,000 crore till December 2023. Out of this Rs 10000 crore is from the Centre. Gujarat and Maharashtra have to take Rs 5,000 crore each. While Gujarat has enthusiastically paid the full amount, Maharashtra is on the back foot. Only 6 crore rupees have been given for the Maharashtra project. BJP has complained that the Uddhav Thackeray government has considered the bullet train as a project of Modi and Gujarat. Uddhav also had the attitude that even if Maharashtra did not cooperate, the project would go ahead. Currently, the BJP-Sena government is ruling, but no money has come into the project.
47.44 percent of bullet train work in Gujarat region has been completed. In Maharashtra, only 22.03 percent has been completed. Overall, 39.12 percent of the project has been completed.
The bullet train is 508 km long. Of this, 350 km will be in Gujarat and 156 km will be in Maharashtra.
He informed that pier casting has been completed for 274.12 km length of the road and girder launching for 127.72 km length has been completed.