Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad

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Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad
Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Limitedmega logo.png
Native name મેટ્રોલિંક એક્સપ્રેસ ફોર ગાંધીનગર એન્ડ અમદાવાદ (મેગા)
Owner Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA)
Area served Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Transit type Metro
Number of lines 2
Number of stations 32
Daily ridership 2 million (projected, 2020)
Chief executive Rajiv Gauba (Chairman)
Headquarters Block No.1, First Floor, Karmayogi Bhavan, Sector 10/A, Gandhinagar-382010[1]
Operation will start 2020
System length 39.259 km (24.394 mi)[2]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Standard gauge[3]
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 under construction 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 the project was approved in October 2014. Construction started on 14 March 2015,[4][5][6] and Phase I is expected to be complete by 2020.[7]


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.[8][9] Following the estimated cost of Rs 4295 crores and the study of the viability of the 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.[10][11]

Under construction North-South corridor near Sabarmati Powerhouse, July 2017

On 19 October 2014, Union Cabinet of India approved INR 10,773 Crores for the Phase–1.[11] The Central government approved use of unused Western Railways land along the Botad- Sabarmati meter gauge line in November 2014.[12] 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 INR 278.12 Crores in 27 months. In 2015 budget of Gujarat, Rs 611 crore was further allocated for 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 then 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 dor, at the cost of INR 374.64 Crores, was allocated to IL&FS in December 2015. The ground-breaking ceremony for North-South Corridor was held on 17 January 2016 in presence of Anandiben Patel. The work started in March 2016. [13]It is expected to be completed in 120 weeks.[14] The Indian Railways permitted the construction of North-South corridor stretch on its land in June 2016.[15] According to the State's Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the first trial run of Ahmedabad metro rail expected by September 2017.[16]

Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) agreed to fund 5968 Crores for Phase-1 of the project in November 2015 and the first trench of 4456 Crores was released in 2016.[17]


Map of under construction network (as of December 2015)

Approved phases[edit]

  • Total Length: 39.259 km
    • North-South corridor: 18.522 km
    • East-West corridor: 20.737 km
  • Corridor:
    • Elevated: 32.924 km
    • Underground: 6.335 km
  • Schedule: to be completed by 2019
North-South Line
Motera stadium
Sabarmati railway station
Vijay Nagar
Old High Court Interchange
Rajiv Nagar
Jivraj Park
Gyaspur (depot)
East-West Line
Thaltej Gam
Doordarshan Kendra
Gurukul Road
Gujarat University
Commerce Six Roads
Old High Court Interchange
Kalupur railway station
Karwan Bazar
Kankaria East
Apparel Park (depot)
Rabari Colony
Nirant Cross Roads
Vastral Gam

Proposed phases[edit]

Phase-I extension, Phase-II, Phase-III will connect to Gandhinagar, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and GIFT City towards North.

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 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 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) Standard gauge[3]

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

Construction Details[edit]

Sl No. Contract Contractor
1 General Consultancy Systra-RITES-Oriental-AECOM
2 96 coaches(Rolling Stock) Yet to be awarded
3 Signalling System Nippon Signal Co. Ltd, Japan
4 Apparel Park Depot URC Construction
5 Gyaspur Depot Gannon Dunkerly - PSPO JV
6 Vastral Gam - Apparel Park (Viaduct - 6km) J Kumar Infraprojects
7 Vastral Gam - Apparel Park (6 Stations) DRA - CICO JV
8 East Ramp - Kalupur (Tunnels & 2 Stations - 2.45km) Afcons Infrastructure
9 Kalupur - West Ramp (Tunnels & 2 Stations - 4.38km) Larsen& Toubro
10 Thaltej Gam - West Ramp (Viaduct & 7 Stations - 8.21 km) Tata Projects - CRCC JV
11 Gyspur - Shreyas (Viaduct & 4 Stations - 4.62km) IL&FS Engineering
12 Shreyas - Ranip (Viaduct & 6 Stations -8.94km) Simplex Infrastructure
13 Motera - Ranip (Viaduct - 4.85km) Ranjit Buildcon
14 Motera - Ranip (5 Stations) Pratibha - Ranjit JV
15 Shreyas to Ranip

(Viaduct & 6 stations – 8.94 km)

Simplex Infrastructure
16 Kalupur to West Ramp

(Tunnels & 2 stations – 4.38 km)

Larsen & Toubro
17 Thaltej Gam to West Ramp

(Viaduct, Sabarmati Bridge  & 7 stations – 8.21 km)



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.[18] The land acquisition is also opposed by the residents and shop owners of Jivraj Park, Vejalpur area. They had filed a case in Gujarat High Court.[19][20] They settled the case in September 2017.[21]

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.[22][23][24][25]

The Comptroller and Auditor General has pointed out wasteful expenditure of 373.62 crore on earlier unapproved corridors.[26]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ DeshGujarat (14 March 2015). "First 6 km works of Ahmedabad Metro to complete by September 2016:CM". DeshGujarat. Retrieved 2015-04-12. 
  5. ^ India (5 February 2015). "Mumbai-based firm wins bid for Ahmedabad metro construction". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  6. ^ DeshGujarat (22 October 2014). "MEGA invites tender for Vastral-Apparel Park stretch of Ahmedabad METRO Rail project". DeshGujarat. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
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  11. ^ a b "Ahemedabad Metro project gets green signal". The Times of India. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-18. 
  12. ^ India (5 November 2014). "Modi government clears Railway land for Ahmedabad metro project". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  13. ^ "MEGA Invites Bids for Ahmedabad Metro’s 6.83 km Underground Section - The Metro Rail Guy". Retrieved 2017-07-05. 
  14. ^ "IL&FS; Engineering Services Bags Rs. 374.64 Cr Metro Rail Contract in Gujarat". The Hans India. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "Railways green-lights north-south Metro work in Ahmedabad". The Times of India. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Test run for Ahmedabad Metro rail in September 2017 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  17. ^ Bureau, Our (27 November 2015). "Ahmedabad Metro Phase 1 gets ₹5,968-crore Japanese funding". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  18. ^ "Tenders issued for Metro construction - TOI Mobile". The Times of India Mobile Site. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  19. ^ "Ahmedabad metro project: MEGA offers relocation option to residents". 23 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Metro rail project: Residents of Vejalpur junk relocation offer". The Indian Express. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "Metro project clears hurdle in land acquisition". The Times of India. 2017-09-03. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  22. ^ Sports (2015-05-15). "Ahmedabad metro: Top officer held for ‘fraud’". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2015-05-15. 
  23. ^ TNN (20 May 2015). "Executive chairman of Metrolink Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad seeks ban on media coverage". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  24. ^ India (8 December 2015). "Former IAS officer involved in Ahmedabad metro scam released on bail". The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  25. ^ "Metro rail scam: Ex-IAS officer Sanjay Gupta gets bail". The Times of India. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  26. ^ "CAG finds ₹373-cr ‘infructuous spend’ in Ahmedabad Metro". The Hindu Business Line. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 

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