MetroLink Express Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad

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MetroLink Express Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA)
Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Limitedmega logo.png
Native name મેટ્રોલિંક એક્સપ્રેસ ગાંધીનગર અને અમદાવાદ (મેગા)
Locale Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 2 (Phase–1)
Number of stations 32 (Phase–1)
Daily ridership 2 million (projected, 2020)
4.5 million (projected, 2041)
Chief executive Manjula Subramaniam
Operation will start October 2018
Operator(s) Metrolink Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA)
System length 35.2 km (21.9 mi)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
(IR broad gauge)
Electrification 1500V DC
Average speed 45 km/h (28 mph)
Top speed 100 km/h (62 mph)
Map of Phase–1 corridors

MetroLink Express Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad route map

Metrolink Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) is a proposed mass-transit rail system for the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, India. The special purpose vehicle company was established in February 2010 and the Phase–1 of project was approved in October 2014.


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 approval the same year.[1][2] Following the estinated cost of Rs 4295 crores and the study of viability of project, it was abondoned 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.[3][4]

On 19 October 2014, Union Cabinet of India approved Rs 10773 crore for the Phase–1.[4]


Approved phases[edit]

  • Total Length: 35.96 km
    • North-South corridor: 15.42 km
    • East-West corridor: 20.54 km
  • Corridor:
    • Elevated: 28.2 km
    • Underground: 7.0 km
  • Schedule: to be completed by 2018

1. Motera to APMC Vasna (North-South)

2. Thaltej to Vastral Gam (West-East)

Proposed phases[edit]

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.

Project details[edit]

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
20 Gradient Maximum 4%
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

Based on a long-term cost and benefits analysis conducted by consultants, Egis Rail of France, the broad gauge was selected for the project.[5]

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