MetroLink Express Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad
|Native name||મેટ્રોલિંક એક્સપ્રેસ ગાંધીનગર અને અમદાવાદ (મેગા)|
|Owner||Government of India (50%)
Government of Gujarat (50%)
|Locale||Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India|
|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||2 (Phase–1)|
|Number of stations||33 (Phase–1)|
|Daily ridership||2 million (projected, 2020)
4.5 million (projected, 2041)
|Chief executive||Manjula Subramaniam|
|Operation will start||December 2018|
|Operator(s)||Metrolink Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA)|
|System length||37.776 km (23.473 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
(IR broad gauge)
|Average speed||45 km/h (28 mph)|
|Top speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, abbreviated MEGA, is an under construction mass-transit rail system for the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. The special purpose vehicle company was established in February 2010 and the Phase–1 of project was approved in October 2014 and is expected to complete by December 2018. The construction started on 14 March 2015.
In 2003, Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board carried out the study for urban transport between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. It also carried out the detailed project report through Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and RITES and submitted it in June 2005 and received Central Government's approval in the same year. Following the estimated cost of Rs 4295 crores and the study of viability of project, it was abandoned in 2005 to give priority to the Ahmedabad BRTS and Regional Rail system Projects. In 2008, considering the future developments in and around Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, the project was revived and new corridors were designed to make the project viable.
The special purpose vehicle company, Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Ltd, was established by Government of Gujarat on 4 February 2010 with Rs 200 crore. Later in 2014, it was decided that the Central Government will own 50% of the company.
On 19 October 2014, Union Cabinet of India approved Rs 10773 crore for the Phase–1. The Central government approved use of unused Western Railways land along the Botad- Sabarmati meter gauge line in November 2014. The original plan of metro along Ashram Road was tweaked and the track was moved westward. The new plan added cost of Rs.500 crore and two more stations. It helped by fewer problems in land acquisition and less congestion on Ashram Road. Mumbai-based J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd was allotted the construction of viaducts on the six kilometre-long route from Vastral to Apparel Park in February 2015 at cost of Rs 278.12 crore in 27 months. In 2015 budget of Gujarat, Rs 611 crore was further allocated for project. The ground breaking ceremony was held on 14 March 2015 for the construction of Vastral – Apparel Park route in presence of Gujarat Chief Minister, Anandiben Patel. The construction of this route is expected to complete by September 2016. The work on north-south corridor is expected to start from July 2015.
- Total Length: 37.76 km
- North-South corridor: 17.23 km
- East-West corridor: 20.536 km
- Elevated: 31.43 km
- Underground: 6.335 km
- Schedule: to be completed by December 2018
1. Motera to APMC Vasna (North-South)
- Motera stadium
- Sabarmati railway station
- Vijay Nagar
- Income Tax
- Parimal Garden
- Rajiv Nagar
- Jivraj Park
- APMC (North-South corridor depot)
2. Thaltej to Vastral Gam (West-East)
- Doordarshan Kendra
- Gurukul Road
- Gujarat University
- Commerce Six Roads
- Navrangpura Stadium
- Income Tax
- Ghee Kanta
- Kalupur railway station
- Kankaria East
- Apparel Park (East-West corridor depot)
- Rabari Colony
- Nirant Cross Roads
- Vastral Gam
Phase-I extension, Phase-II, Phase-III will include connection to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to the MEGA network through Motera. The services to Gandhinagar, GIFT City, etc. will be extended from Motera towards North. Also, other parts of the city that have been left as of now e.g. Civil Hospital, etc. will be connected. Most probably, if commissioned, the proposed Fedara International Airport, Dholera SIR, etc. will be connected to MEGA too, which will be after 10 years from now.
|Sr. No.||Description||Design parameter for Proposed Metro Project Phase|
|1||Route length||Total Planned: ~83 km
(~19 km underground section)
|2||Elevated track on viaducts||Single, Twin, Triple and Four track viaducts|
|3||Viaducts||Min 5.5m vertical clearance from ROW
Sleek Twin U girder design of 25 to 30m span
Obligatory spans as per site conditions
Monopile foundation predominantly
|4||Underground Section||Tunnel using Tunnel Boring Machine and Cut & Cover for Station and Approaches|
|5||Stations||53 nos of total stations
Average Station distance: 1200 m to 1500 m
|6||Depot||Two Mother Depot
Two light inspection depot
|7||Project Ridership||Metro (driverless) – all cars motorized|
|8||Train headway||Peak: 5 mins (2016), 1.5 mins (2026), 1.5 mins (2041)|
|9||Rolling stock – type||Metro (driverless) – all cars motorized|
|10||Train composition||Initially 2-car sets expandable to 4 car train sets by automatic coupling mechanism|
|11||Speed||Design Speed (110kmph), Max operating speed (100kmph), Average speed 45 kmph|
|12||Car size||Around 3.6m wide with 4 -doors on each side|
|13||Design loading||Crush (design): 8 pax/m2 excluding seating|
|14||Axle load||Maximum Axle load 19.1 tonne|
|15||Traction power||1500V DC Third Rail with cathodic protection for viaduct structures and station structures|
|16||Signalling and control||Communication Based Train Control specifically designed for metro use with ATP/ ATO and ATS (axle counters as fall back)|
|17||Telecommunications||Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) Communication System and SCADA for support systems control with Gigabit Ethernet network backbone.|
|18||Track||Track gauge: 1676 mm (IR broad gauge)
Viaducts: 60 kg rail with discrete acoustic attenuating rail fastenings set on concrete plinth. Depot: 60 kg ballasted track & concrete sleepers.
|19||Minimum radius curvature||300m preferred min, 175m absolute min|
|21||Mainline turnouts||1:12 Turnouts with Curved Switches and CMS crossings,
1:8.5 Turnouts with Curved Switches and CMS crossings as emergency crossovers
|22||Depot turnouts||1:8.5 Turnouts with Curved Switches and CMS crossings|
|23||Ticketing/ Fare collection||Automatic Fare Collection System with five (5) levels of system facilities using Smart Card technology|
|24||Total nos of proposed bridges||03 nos. on Sabarmati River
01 nos. on Narmada Canal
Near Thaltej Gam on western side, 300-odd shop owners opposed the land acquisition while the officials said that there is need of huge land for depot and parking for the project.
Former IAS officer and executive chairman of project Sanjay Gupta and seven of his subordinate officers were accused while two of them were arrested in May 2015 for alleged committed fraud of Rs 113 crore in procurement and use of ground filling materials for the project in 2012.
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