PM Modi Launches Surat Metro & Ahmedabad Metro Phase 2 Projects
Moments ago, India’s Prime Minister remotely inaugurated construction work on Ahmedabad Metro’s Phase 2, at an event held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, and on Surat Metro’s Phase 1 at an event held at Diamond Bourse Dream City.
Both new projects are being executed by Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited (GMRC) with 750 V DC Third Rail electrification. Official deadlines have not been announced.
Ahmedabad Metro Phase 2
Ahmedabad Metro’s Phase 2 is 28.25 km long and comprises of two elevated corridors as an extension of the Phase 1’s 18.522 km Line-2 (Red Line), northwards from Motera Cricket Stadium towards GNLU and onward to Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. At GNLU Station, a short 5.42 km spur line will connect to GIFT City across the Sabarmati River.
|Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir||22.838||20|
|GNLU To GIFT City||5.416||2|
The Phase 2 project was approved by India’s Central Government’s Cabinet on February 19, 2019 and is estimated to cost Rs. 5384 crore. It will be partly financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through a 82.434 million Japanese Yen (approx. Rs. 4,300 crore) loan.
Contracts for its construction were awarded to Ranjit Buildcon (6.478 km Package C2) and Afcons Infrastructure (14.36 km Package C1) in Q4 2020. A tender notice for a new depot at Infocity and its final 8.2 km section, between Sector-10A and Mahatma Mandir, is pending.
So far roughly 6 km out of 39.259 km in Phase 1 has become operational due to a host of reasons, so Ahmedabad has now joined Bangalore (2015-2017) in becoming the only cities where two phases have or are being developed simultaneously.
Detailed information on Ahmedabad Metro Phase 2’s lines, stations and tenders/contracts can be viewed here.
Surat Metro Phase 1
Surat Metro’s 40.35 km Phase 1 project with two lines and 38 stations was approved by the Gujarat state government in January 2017 and by the Central Government’s cabinet in March 2019 with an estimated cost of Rs. 12020.32 crore.
|Line-1: Sarthana to Dream City||21.61 km||20|
|Line-2: Bhesan to Saroli||18.74||18|
Surat’s metro project – India’s 22nd – is estimated to cost Rs.12,020 crore and will be partly financed by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) through a 250 million euro (approx. Rs. 2071 crore) loan.
So far contracts for two of three sections of Surat Metro’s Line-1, where financial bids have been opened, have been awarded for construction. Here’s a status:
Detailed information on Surat Metro Phase 1’s lines, stations and tenders/contracts can be viewed here.
A recap of the entire event, which is still ongoing right now, can be viewed here.
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