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.