Ease of Living Index 2020: Here’s complete list, Bengaluru tops list, Pune 2nd, Ahmedabad ranked 3rd

Among Indian cities with a populace of in excess of 1,000,000, Bengaluru has arisen as the best city on simplicity of living boundaries among 49 million-plus cities in 2020.

The IT capital of India has pushed the previous top ranker Pune to number two, while Ahmedabad positioned the third among 111 different urban areas.

“Bengaluru emerged as the top performer in the Million+ category [in category of ‘population more than million], followed by Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Coimbatore, Vadodara, Indore, and Greater Mumbai,” a PIB press release said.

The simplicity of living is the lowest in Bareilly, Dhanbad and Srinagar.

In urban communities with a populace of not exactly 1,000,000, Shimla was positioned the most noteworthy followed by Bhubaneswar while Muzaffarpur in Bihar was had the least score, as per the Ease of Living Index 2020 arranged by the service of lodging and metropolitan undertakings.

The rankings under Ease of Living Index 2020 were declared for urban areas with a populace of over a million, and urban areas with not exactly 1,000,000 individuals. The appraisal practice was directed a year ago. Upwards of 111 urban areas took part in the activity.

“The Ease of Living Index [EoLI] is an assessment tool that evaluates the quality of life and the impact of various initiatives for urban development,” the release said.

It added: “It provides a comprehensive understanding of participating cities across India based on the quality of life, economic-ability of a city, and its sustainability and resilience. The assessment also incorporates the residents’ view on the services provided by city administration through a Citizen Perception Survey.”

List of million-plus cities ranking in 2020:

  1. Bengaluru 66.70
  2. Pune 66.27
  3. Ahmedabad 64.87
  4. Chennai 62.61
  5. Surat 61.73
  6. Navi Mumbai 61.60
  7. Coimbatore 59.72
  8. Vadodara 59.24
  9. Indore 58.58
  10. Greater Mumbai 58.23
  11. Thane 58.16
  12. Kalyan Dombivali 57.71
  13. Delhi 57.56
  14. Ludhiana 57.36
  15. Visakhapatnam 57.28
  16. Pimpri Chinchwad 57.16
  17. Solapur 56.58
  18. Raipur 56.26
  19. Bhopal 56.26
  20. Rajkot 55.94
  21. Jodhpur 55.80
  22. Madurai 55.78
  23. Jaipur 55.70
  24. Hyderabad 55.40
  25. Nagpur 55.33
  26. Lucknow 55.15
  27. Varanasi 54.67
  28. Kanpur 54.43
  29. Chandigarh 54.40
  30. Ghaziabad 54.31
  31. Gwalior 53.72
  32. Prayagraj 53.29
  33. Patna 53.26
  34. Aurangabad 52.90
  35. Agra 52.58
  36. Meerut 52.41
  37. Hubli Dharwad 51.39
  38. Nashik 51.29
  39. Vasai Virar 51.26
  40. Faridabad 51.26
  41. Vijayawada 50.35
  42. Ranchi 50.31
  43. Jabalpur 49.94
  44. Kota 49.52
  45. Amritsar 49.36
  46. Guwahati 48.52
  47. Bareilly 47.73
  48. Dhanbad 46.96
  49. Srinagar 42.95

List of cities with less than a million population in 2020:

  1. Shimla 60.90
  2. Bhubaneswar 59.85
  3. Silvassa 58.43
  4. Kakinada 56.84
  5. Salem 56.40
  6. Vellore 56.38
  7. Gandhinagar 56.25
  8. Gurugram 56.00
  9. Davanagere 55.25
  10. Tiruchirappalli 55.24
  11. Agartala 55.20
  12. Ajmer 54.89
  13. Puducherry 54.78
  14. Diu 54.64
  15. Karnal 54.48
  16. Panaji 54.44
  17. Tirunelveli 54.04
  18. Tiruppur 54.03
  19. Warangal 54.01
  20. Mangalore 53.95
  21. Thiruvananthapuram 53.93
  22. Karimnagar 53.27
  23. Tumakuru 53.06
  24. Erode 52.87
  25. Sagar 52.86
  26. Shivamogga 52.86
  27. Jammu 52.49
  28. Bihar Sharif 52.42
  29. Dehradun 52.41
  30. Bhagalpur 52.19
  31. Thanjavur 52.18
  32. Jalandhar 52.18
  33. Ujjain 52.04
  34. Jhansi 51.71
  35. Shillong 51.65
  36. Kavaratti 51.58
  37. Dharamshala 51.51
  38. Moradabad 51.43
  39. Kochi 51.41
  40. Rae Bareli 51.21
  41. Gangtok 51.18
  42. Port Blair 51.13
  43. Thoothukudi 51.12
  44. Saharanpur 50.91
  45. Amravati 50.38
  46. Tirupati 50.33
  47. Belagavi 50.28
  48. Udaipur 50.25
  49. Kohima 49.87
  50. Imphal 49.64
  51. Dahod 49.40
  52. Bilaspur 49.19
  53. Itanagar 48.96
  54. Rourkela 48.89
  55. Pasighat 48.78
  56. Dindigul 48.34
  57. Aizawl 48.16
  58. Aligarh 47.15
  59. Rampur 46.88
  60. Namchi 46.46
  61. Satna 45.60
  62. Muzaffarpur 45.53

MUNICIPAL PERFORMANCE INDEX (MPI)

Besides, the Ease of Living Index, the Centre has also released the final rankings of the Municipal Performance Index (MPI).

In the million-plus category, Indore topped the list, followed by Surat and Bhopal.

In the ‘less than million category’, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) emerged as the leader, followed by Tirupati and Gandhinagar.

“The MPI examined the sectoral performance of 111 municipalities (with Delhi being assessed separately for NDMC, and the three Municipal Corporations) across five verticals which comprise of 20 sectors and 100 indicators in all totality. The five verticals under MPI are Services, Finance, Policy, Technology and Governance,” the Centre said in an official release said.

Gujarat government declares Rs 1,500 crore to develop Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train

Rail route Minister Piyush Goyal as of late expressed that another fulfillment plan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will be worked out as the first finishing cutoff time of 2023 may not be met

Gujarat government on Wednesday introduced its yearly spending plan in the midst of Covid pandemic. Money serve Nitinbhai Patel reported distribution of Rs 1,500 crore to build up the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train.

Note that Railway Minister Piyush Goyal as of late expressed that another finishing plan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train will be worked out as the first consummation cutoff time of 2023 may not be met because of deferral in land procurement for the task in Maharashtra.

Addressing media persons virtually, Goyal had said, “Indian railway was committed to launch the bullet train in 2023. But there have been massive delays in land acquisition in Maharashtra for the bullet train. I have held talks with Maharashtra Chief Minister. The Railway Ministry is also in constant touch with Maharashtra government officials.”

With absolute twelve stations in the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train passage will have a length of 508.17 Km. Where fast rail will cover 155.76 kms in the province of Maharashtra (7.04 Kms in Mumbai sub-metropolitan, 39.66 kms in Thane locale and 109.06 kms in Palghar area), 4.3 kms in association domain of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and 348.04 kms in the territory of Gujarat.

Rapid rail will cover absolute 12 stations specifically Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, (in Maharashtra), Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati (in Gujarat). Where a restricted stop (in Surat and Vadodara) administration will cover this distance in 1 hr. furthermore, 58 mins and all stops administration will take 2 hr. 57 min to cover this distance.

High velocity rail will be working at a speed of 320 Km/hr at a raised (10 to 15 m) track over the ground on a viaduct from the start with the exception of 26 kms in Mumbai, which will be underground. All stations will be raised with the exception of Bandra Kurla Complex station (Mumbai), which will be underground.

In the mean time, the state government in its spending plan reported monetary designation of Rs 32,719 crore for instruction area To help training in the state. In the perspective on the pandemic, the state government assigned Rs 11,323 crore for wellbeing and family government assistance division.

The govt apportioned Rs 13,493 to metropolitan turn of events, Rs 5,494 crore for water assets, Rs 3,974 crore for water supply, Rs 7,232 crore for the Krishi Khedut Kalyan Yojana, Rs 4,353 for social equity and strengthening, and Rs 1,502 crore for work government assistance and business. The streets and structures division got Rs 11,185 crore while ports and transport office got Rs 1,478 crore designation.

An arrangement of Rs 563 crore has been proposed for science and technology, Rs 1,032 crore for the penniless and mature age benefits. The income division has been given Rs 4,548 crore. The public authority distributed Rs 13,034 crore for energy and petrochemical area and Rs 910 crore for environmental change division in the financial plan. The business and mines division, woods and climate office, and home office have been distributed Rs 6,599 crore, Rs 1,814 crore, and Rs 7,960 crore separately.

World’s largest cricket stadium, at Motera in Ahmedabad renamed Narendra Modi Stadium

The world’s biggest cricket stadium, at Motera in Ahmedabad, was renamed as Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday. It was introduced on Wednesday by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, within the sight of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and others.

The inauguration was done hours before the beginning of the day-night third Test among India and England, the primary worldwide match at the new setting.

The stadium is important for rambling Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave which will have the world’s biggest cricket arena, Natatorium, Athletics/Track and Field/Football arena, Field Hockey and Tennis Stadium, Indoor Sports Halls/Arenas, Outdoor Fields Veldrome/Skating Area spread more than 200 sections of land on the Sabarmati stream bank in the North East of Ahmedabad.

The revamped stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad, set up by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), is the fantasy venture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had imagined it as President of GCA and Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2014 to annihilate the old arena totally and remake in its place another one which would be the biggest on the planet with the most awesome aspect offices.

The old stadium with 49,000 seating limit was known as Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium, Motera.

Spread more than 63 sections of land, it is the biggest cricket stadium with a seating limit of 1,10,000.

A year ago around the same time, PM Modi had hosted US President Donald Trump in a uber occasion “Namaste Trump” at the arena.

From Sachin Tendulkar to Rahul Dravid : In Ahmedabad, Indian batsmen with highest Test scores

From Sachin Tendulkar to Rahul Dravid – Here is a gander at Indian batsmen with the highest Test scores in Ahmedabad.

India will secure horns with England a pink-ball Test coordinate at the recently revamped Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. With the four-coordinate arrangement at present bolted at 1-1, it will be a vital experience for the two sides. This will be India’s third pink-ball Test after one each against Bangladesh and Australia.

The recently remodeled Motera Stadium which was before known as the Sardar Patel Stadium is in Ahmedabad. It is the biggest cricket arena on the planet at present with a seating limit of 1,10,000 and is bound with current preparing offices. Both the groups have been preparing at the scene for as long as couple of days now.

While the new conditions at the revamped arena should be surveyed by the hosts, India have throughout the long term, had an incredible record in Ahmedabad in Tests. India have lost only two out of twelve Test matches at the setting and their last destruction at the scene came against South Africa in 2008.

Indian batsmen have additionally appreciated extraordinary excursions at the setting and have scored loads of runs. Here we investigate Indian batsmen with top five Test scores in Ahmedabad.

1) Rahul Dravid (222)

Rahul Dravid pummeled a wonderful twofold hundred against New Zealand in Ahmedabad in the main Test of the Kiwis visit through India in 2003. Dravid indented up 222 runs off 578 conveyances in India’s first innings to help the hosts post 500/5 on the board in their first innings. Dravid’s innings was bound with 28 fours and a six. In any case, India neglected to secure triumph in the game and needed to settle with a draw.

2) Sachin Tendulkar (217)

Sachin Tendulkar’s just Test twofold ton in Ahmedabad came against New Zealand in 1999. The Master Blaster scored a splendid 217 off 344 balls with the assistance of 29 fours. His twofold ton fueled India to 583/7 in the main innings. Notwithstanding, India’s baffling show in the subsequent innings saw the hosts getting packaged out for 148 as the Test coordinate finished in a draw.

3) Cheteshwar Pujara (206)

The lone dynamic Indian batsman on the rundown, Cheteshwar Pujara had crushed a dirty thump of 206 runs against England in Ahmedabad in 2012. Pujara’s 206-run-thump fell off 389 conveyances and was bound with 21 fours. His twofold ton assisted India with posting 521/8 in their first innings and set up a far reaching 9-wicket win for the hosts.

4) Rahul Dravid (177)

Rahul Dravid shows up in this tip top rundown for his 177 against Sri Lanka in the 2009 Ahmedabad Test. In the wake of posting 426 sudden spikes in demand for the board in their first innings, India were pushed on the backfoot as Sri Lanka rode on Mahela Jayawardene’s 275 to post a mammoth 760 sudden spikes in demand for the board. The match finished in a draw after India scored 412/4 in their subsequent innings.

5) Virender Sehwag (173)

Previous India opener Virender Sehwag played a bold thump of 173 runs off only 199 conveyances against New Zealand in Ahmedabad in 2010. Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir (104) Rahul Dravid (104) shared a 237-run represent the subsequent wicket to help India post 487 sudden spikes in demand for the board in their first innings. In answer, New Zealand posted 459 runs in their first innings and the Test coordinate finished in a draw after India were packaged out for 266 in their subsequent exposition.

Western Railway to run three additional trains from Ahmedabad

For the convenience of passengers and so as to satisfy the travel need, Western Railway has chosen to run 3 more extra unique trains to different destinations.

As per a public statement gave by Western Railway, the details of these unique trains are as under:

1) Train No. 09310/09309 Gandhinagar – Ahmedabad-Indore Capital Special (Daily)

Train No. 09310 Indore Jn – Gandhinagar Capital Special will leave from Indore Jn at 23.00 hrs consistently and will arrive at Gandhinagar Capital at 09.45 hrs, the following day w.e.f. first March, 2021 till additional guidance. Also, Train No. 09309 Gandhinagar Capital – Indore Jn Special will leave from Gandhinagar Capital at 18.15 hrs consistently and will arrive at Indore Jn at 05.55 hrs, the following day w.e.f. second March, 2021 till additional exhortation. The train will stop at Dewas, Ujjain, Nagda, Khachrod, Ratlam, Meghnagar, Dahod, Godhra, Chhayapuri, Anand, Nadiad, Mahemadavad Kheda Rd, Ahmedabad, Sabarmati and Chandlodiya stations in the two ways. The train contains AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, Sleeper Class and Second Class seating mentors.

2) Train No. 09568/09567 Okha – Ahmedabad – Tuticorin Special (Weekly)

Train No. 09568 Okha – Tuticorin Special will leave Okha each Friday at 00.55 hrs and will arrive at Tuticorin at 04.45 hrs on Sunday, w.e.f. second April, 2021 till additional guidance. Additionally, Train No. 09567 Tuticorin – Okha Special will leave Tuticorin each Sunday at 22.00 hrs and will arrive at Okha at 03.35 hrs on Wednesday, w.e.f. fourth April, 2021 till additional exhortation. Enroute this train will end at Dwarka, Jamnagar, Hapa, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Nadiad, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Valsad, Vapi, Vasai Rd, Kalyan, Pune, Solapur, Kalaburagi, Wadi, Raichur, Manthralayam Rd, Adoni, Guntakal, Anantapur, Dharmavaram, Hindupur, Krishnarajapurm, Bangarapet, Salem, Erode, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudunagar and Satur stations in the two ways. Train No. 09568 will have extra stop at Khambhaliya station and Train No. 09567 will have extra end at Yelahanka and Kovilpatti stations. This train includes AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, Sleeper class and Second class seating mentors.

3) Train No. 09262/09261 Porbandar – Ahmedabad-Kochuveli Superfast Special (Weekly)

Train No. 09262 Porbandar – Kochuveli Superfast Special will leave from Porbandar at 18.40 hrs each Thursday and will arrive at Kochuveli at 15.05 hrs, on Saturday w.e.f. 25th February, 2021 till additional guidance. Additionally, Train No. 09261 Kochuveli – Porbandar Superfast Special will leave from Kochuveli at 11.10 hrs each Sunday and will arrive at Porbandar at 07.25 hrs on Tuesday w.e.f. 28th February, 2021 till additional guidance. The train will end at Jamnagar, Hapa, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Viramgam, Ahmedabad, Anand, Vadodara, Ankleshwar, Surat, Palghar, Vasai Rd, Panvel, Ratnagiri, Madgaon, Karwar, Udupi, Mangalore, Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikkode, Tirur, Shoranur, Thrisur, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Kayankulam and Kollam stations in the two ways. The train includes AC 2-Tier, AC 3-Tier, Sleeper Class and Second Class seating coaches.

The booking of Train Nos. 09568, 09262, 09309 and 09310 will open on February 23, 2021 at assigned PRS counters and on IRCTC site. All above trains will run as completely saved trains on unique toll.

Umesh Yadav come back as India name squad for third and fourth England Tests in Ahmedabad

India have named their squad for the third and fourth Tests of the arrangement against England, in Ahmedabad; fast bowler Umesh Yadav replaces Shardul Thakur while opening batsmen Shubman Gill has been passed fit after a hit to the lower arm in Chennai

India opener Shubman Gill has been passed fit to have his spot in the crew for the last two Tests against England, with seamer Umesh Yadav reviewed.

Gill was hit on the left lower arm while handling at short leg during the hosts’ arrangement leveling win in the second Test at Chennai and was missing on the last day subsequent to being sent for prudent sweeps.

India have Mayank Agarwal holding on as a capable substitution however Gill was remembered for a 17-man crew for the rest of the arrangement on Wednesday morning.

While the travelers have rolled out normal improvements to their crew because of rest and turn, India have made just a single minor adjustment – Yadav returning instead of the delivered Shardul Thakur, albeit the quick bowler should breeze through a wellness assessment prior to getting together with the remainder of the gathering.

Paceman Jasprit Bumrah was refreshed from the past match and should return for the day-night coordinate one week from now, however India could pick an additional speed choice instead of Kuldeep Yadav with the pink ball in play. All-rounder Hardik Pandya is additionally anticipating his first appearance of the arrangement.

India squad for third and fourth Tests in full: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

Ahmedabad pink ball Test is completely sold out, will take decision on groups in IPL in no time: Ganguly

A delighted BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday reported that all tickets for the pink ball Day/Night Test among India and England in Ahmedabad have been “sold out”, including that a call passage of onlookers in the forthcoming IPL will likewise be taken right away.

The pink ball Test among India and England is scheduled to start at the Motera, the world’s greatest cricket arena, in Ahmedabad from February 24 and the specialists have chosen to permit 50% spectators.

“Ahmedabad is completely sold out. Happy to see normalcy back,” Ganguly told Star Sports in an interview.

“I spoke to Jay Shah and he’s very keen on these Test matches. Just for him also cricket is coming back to Ahmedabad after six-seven years because they built the new stadium,” former India captain said.

The apparatus will be the second time India have a Day/Night Test. The initially was played in Kolkata against Bangladesh in 2019.

“I have told him we have set an example with the pink-ball Test last year in Kolkata, so it cannot go beyond that and we want to see every seat and stand full. And that’s what it is, the tickets have gone, as well as for the T20s which will follow the Tests,” Ganguly said.

The second Test among India and England in Chennai denoted the arrival of onlookers for a worldwide match in India after COVID-19 flare-up constrained a total closure of brandishing action in March a year ago.

The BCCI is additionally thinking about permitting observers in the IPL, which is scheduled to start in the second seven day stretch of April.

“This year is going to be big as well because of what it is. We’ll see whether we can get the crowd back into the IPL, it’s a decision we’ll have to take very shortly. But it’s going to be another great tournament,” Ganguly said.

Discussing the IPL scaled down sale, to be hung on Thursday, Ganguly said: “It’s anything but a major sale however a ton of groups will have a ton to fill. Extraordinarily Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings will have a ton of work to do in the bartering.

The previous Indian captain added that a pink ball Test will be a lasting installation in each home arrangement.

“Absolutely. One pink-ball Test in a series is ideal. Every generation goes through changes, pink ball is one of the main changes for Test match cricket, and to keep Test match cricket alive.

“I think the packed Ahmedabad stadium next week will be another great sight for everyone.”

On the individual front, Ganguly, who went through two rounds of angioplasty a month ago, said he is feeling ‘fit and fine.’

“I’m feeling absolutely fine. Yes, there was a bit of scare but luckily it wasn’t as scary as everyone thought. I’m fit and fine and I’m back to work.”

In Ahmedabad, Pee Safe sets up first offline store, eyes 15 stores in 1 year

Hygiene and wellness brand Pee Safe on Tuesday said it has set up a offline store in Ahmedabad and aims to open around 15 additional stores in the following a year.

These stores will be found generally in level III and IV urban communities, an assertion said.

Pee Safe’s disconnected attack comes considering the expanded interest for cleanliness and disinfection items in the midst of elevated mindfulness because of the pandemic, it added.

“We have been working towards access to better hygiene and sanitation for Indians ever since our first product was launched…the demand only increased during the pandemic and despite initial challenges such as that of manpower, we ensured we kept the cycle going,” said Vikas Bagaria, founder of Pee Safe and Raho Safe.

Pee Safe’s items are at present accessible in current exchange, general stores, coordinated stores across more than 40 urban areas just as online stages.

In March 2020, Pee Safe had dispatched another brand, Raho Safe to give moderate cleanliness and wellbeing items, for example, sterile cushions, disinfectants and hand sanitisers to purchasers.

Raho Safe as of late welcomed on board entertainer Jacqueline Fernandez as its image minister. Bhutanese entertainer and influencer Tandin Bidha is Raho Safe’s image represetative in Bhutan.

Ahmedabad: Modernized Motera stadium prepared for action

At last, the wait is over for the devotees of cricket in the city, as the ticket reserving for the third Test coordinate among India and England at the Motera arena will begin from 11.00 am on Sunday. The fans have been standing by tensely to see a live experience at this recently constructed beautiful arena.

The rush and enthusiasm among the nearby fans to watch a global match at the world’s largest cricket stadium at Motera is massive.

The specialists have chosen to permit half observers of the arena’s ability, during the matches at this setting. Britain will play two Test coordinates here, with a pink ball Day-Night experience from February 24-28 and the fourth and last match from March 4-8. The game at Motera will be India’s subsequent pink ball Test at home as they facilitated one against Bangladesh at the Eden Garden in 2019.

After the Test arrangement, Motera will have all the five T20 internationals (March 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20). “We are honoured to be hosting this series after a hiatus and are excitedly looking forward to entertain gathering of cricket fans at the world’s largest cricket stadium at Motera, considering social distancing and safety norms.

We hope normalcy returns soon and we get to see the stadium packed with fans cheering from all the stands for their teams said Dhanraj Nathwani, VP of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) in a proclamation.

“We at GCA thank Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for allocating two Tests and five T20 international matches at this newly-built cricket stadium,” added Nathwani.

In Gujarat cities; Metro rail in Surat, Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar : Boost for mass travel

Public transport in Ahmedabad and Surat, Gujarat’s two significant business communities, got a truly necessary lift when work got in progress for the Surat Metro rail and the second period of the Ahmedabad Metro rail project a month ago. Being created as a component of an incorporated transportation framework, the two undertakings are relied upon to be finished before the finish of 2024.

The Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited (GMRC), a 50:50 specific reason vehicle (SPV) of the Union and state governments, is the actualizing organization for the Rs 30,000-crore projects being executed in Gujarat’s business capital Ahmedabad and jewel city Surat.

“The Metro projects in Ahmedabad and Surat will not only boost their economies, but also bring about a qualitative change in the way people commute within the cities. These projects would also enhance the floating population in the two cities, which contributes immensely in the overall development of the state,” says Manojkumar Das, additional chief secretary to the Gujarat chief minister.

The 28.3-km Phase-II of the Ahmedabad Metro venture would interface the more up to date regions of the city just as parts of Gujarat’s regulatory capital Gandhinagar. It includes two passages: Corridor-1, totally raised, would stretch out from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir (22.8 km) while Corridor-2 (5.4 km) would run from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) to Gujarat International Finance-Tec City (GIFT City).

Work on the 40-km-long Phase-I of the Ahmedabad Metro project, which covers significant pieces of the old city, is going all out and it is required to be operational before the finish of 2022, says S Rathore, MD, GMRC. A 6.5-km stretch associating Vastral station to Apparel Park in the eastern piece of the city has been operational since March 2019. Stage I contains two passages: the north-south passageway runs from APMC to Motera (18.87 km) while the east-west hall stretches out from Vastral station in the east to Thaltej in western Ahmedabad (21.16 km).

Taken together, the two periods of the Ahmedabad Metro task would profit a populace of 62.6 lakh of the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar agglomeration.

While the general expense of the two-stage (69 km) Ahmedabad project was assessed at Rs 16,000 crore, delays because of Covid-19 and different reasons has seen it raise to more than Rs 18,000 crore. The Japan International Cooperation Agency has broadened a delicate credit of Rs 6,066 crore for the task.

With respect to the Surat Metro project, work has commenced in under two years of endorsement from the public authority of India. Rathore features that the offering cycle for the 40.35-km project, as likewise the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA), was finished well in front of the noteworthy function.

The Rs 12,000-crore Surat Metro venture would have two hallways. Hallway 1, from Sarthana to Dream City and containing 14 raised and 6 underground stations, would be 21.61 km long. Hallway 2 would stretch out from Bhesan to Saroli and contain 18 raised stations. It would be 18.74 km long.

The French Development Agency, a public monetary establishment that actualizes strategy characterized by the French government, would loan 250 million Euros or around Rs 2,300 crore for the task.

Other than the Metro projects in Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar and Surat, the state government is intending to create framework for mono-light metro rail in other significant urban areas of Gujarat through the GMRC, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said at the weighty service a month ago.