Date of Post: 25 Oct, 2017
Ahmedabad: The State government has given its stamp of approval for the Second Phase of the Metro Rail project in Ahmedabad connecting Mahatma Mandir, Sachivalaya, Gift City & PDPU. Second Phase will extend from Motera to Mahatma Mandir, officials of the MEGA (MetroLink Express for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad) said.
About The Metro Phase-II
- The estimated cost of the phase-II is to be Rs 6,758 crore (approx US$ 1039.6 Million).
- The 34.6km long Phase-II will be completely elevated.
- Phase-II will have 24 metro rail stations.
- A separate line from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) to GIFT City will link Gift City to the main line.
- Work on the phase-II will begin as soon as the government of India sanctions it.
- The DPR (Detailed Project Report) of Phase-II, was prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
- “In order to achieve the maximum benefits from the project, the DPR made 2014 for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-I projected that connectivity to Gandhinagar would be provided from the North-South corridor of Phase-I. Accordingly, the 2017 DPR has been prepared for Phase-II, which will connect Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar,” According to Metro officials.
The second phase will start from Motera and will connect
- Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT)
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
In Gandhinagar, the metro will, connect-
- Sector 24
- Mahatma Mandir
First Phase Of The Project By 2019
- The authorities plan to finish the phase-I of the project, connecting Thaltej and Vastral & APMC to Motera by the 2019-end, officials said.
- Metro rail services from Vastral to Apparel Park in Khokhra will go commercial by 2019.
- The state plans to have the first metro trial run soon after the elections.
- Commercial operations will need a final nod from the CMRS (Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety), which takes some 18 months.
GIFT City Metro Line To Take PPP Model
- According to the new metro rail policy, MEGA authorities have decided to extend the Metro 6km into GIFT City.
- The 6km long project will be taken up by GIFT city using the PPP (Public-Private Partnership) model.
- One station outside GIFT City would be funded through the project cost, but the cost of the 6km elevated corridor & 3 station inside GIFT city would be borne by GIFT, officials said.
- The route was in the proposal sent to the government of Gujarat but as the Union government changed the policy, GIFT was included via PPP & a revised proposal was approved, the officials said.