PM Modi to establish foundation stone of Ahmedabad, Surat metro projects on Jan 18

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 18 will essentially establish the foundation stone of Phase-2 of the Ahmedabad metro project which will connect GIFT City grounds and the state capital Gandhinagar. The Prime Minister will likewise lead a comparative capacity for the Rs 12,020 crore Phase-1 of the Surat metro project, official sources said on Thursday.

Both the metro projects in Ahmedabad and Surat are being taken care of by the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) which is a 50:50 joint endeavor between the state and the focal government.

As indicated by official sources, development tenders worth Rs 1,500 crore for Phase-2 of Ahmedabad metro has just been granted in November and December. Essentially GMRC is currently concluding tenders for Phase-1 for around a similar sum.

Presently, Ahmedabad is the solitary city in Gujarat to have an operational metro rail network which is 6.5 kilometers long. In spite of the fact that Modi had initiated this part of the 40-kilometer-long Phase-1 of the Ahmedabad metro not long before the Lok Sabha decisions in March 2019, GMRC has been not able to broaden the metro availability in Ahmedabad over the most recent two years.

As per GMRC authorities, just 63 percent of the work on Phase-1 of Ahmedabad metro has been finished up until this point. The establishment stone for Phase-1 of Ahmedabad metro was laid back in March 2015 by the then boss pastor Anandiben Patel. The postponement in executing the task has prompted cost of the principal stage to raise to Rs 12700 crore from the previous Rs 10,773 crore.

In February 2019, the Modi government had cleared the Rs 5523 crore Phase-2 of the Ahmedabad metro project that will interface Motera in Ahmedabad with Mahatma Mandir, the scene of half-yearly Vibrant Gujarat occasion and will likewise fan out and associate GIFT City. The Indian Express in October 2018 announced how the metro connect to GIFT City was abbreviated by six kilometers by redrawing the Detailed Project Report.

In the interim, the Surat metro having an all out Phase-1 length of 40.35 kilometers, will have two halls. The first will interface Sarthana to Dream city and will have a 6.47 kilometer long underground area. The second hallway from Behsan to Saroli will be a completely raised one. The Surat metro will likewise see obtaining of 700 private properties.

Disclaimer: The views, suggestions, and opinions expressed here are the sole responsibility of the experts. No Ahmedabad Local journalist was involved in the writing and production of this article.

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