Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad
|Native name||મેટ્રોલિંક એક્સપ્રેસ ફોર ગાંધીનગર એન્ડ 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||32 (Phase–1)|
|Daily ridership||2 million (projected, 2020)
4.5 million (projected, 2041)
|Chief executive||Rajiv Gauba (Chairman)|
|Operation will start||December 2018|
|Operator(s)||Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Ltd.|
|System length||39.259 km (24.394 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
|Electrification||750 V DC Third rail|
|Average speed||33 km/h (21 mph) E/W Line
32 km/h (20 mph) N/S Line
|Top speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, abbreviated MEGA, or Ahmedabad Metro is an underconstruction mass-transit rail system for the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in 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 6 km long Vastral – Apparel Park stretch of East-West corridor in presence of Gujarat Chief Minister, Anandiben Patel. The 600 metre stretch of it is already constructed. The construction of this stretch is expected to complete by October 2017. The underground stretch of Shahpur-Apparel Park will take 42 months to complete while Shahpur-Thaltej stretch will take 30 months to complete. The North-South corridor is expected to complete in 2019. The construction of Gyaspur-Shreyas stretch of North-South corridor, at the cost of ₹ 374.64 crore, was allocated to IL&FS in December 2015. The work started in March 2016. It is expected to be completed in 120 weeks. The Indian Railways permitted the construction of North-South corridor stretch on its land in June 2016.
Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) agreed to fund ₹ 5968 crore for Phase-1 of the project in November 2015 and the first trench of ₹ 4456 crore will be released in 2016.
- Total Length: 39.259 km
- North-South corridor: 18.522 km
- East-West corridor: 20.737 km
- Elevated: 32.924 km
- Underground: 6.335 km
- Schedule: to be completed by 2019
|This section is outdated. (December 2015)|
|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 3-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||750 V 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. The land acquisition is also opposed by the residents and shop owners of Jivraj Park, Vejalpur area. They have filed a case in Gujarat High Court.
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 ₹ 113 crore in procurement and use of ground filling materials for the project in 2012. Another case regarding procurement of 603 tons of TMT steel worth ₹ 2.62 crore which was never delivered is also being investigated.
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