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Ahmedabad Metro
Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Ltd Logo Ahmedabad Metro.png
Overview
Native nameઅમદાવાદ મેટ્રો
OwnerGujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited
Area servedAhmedabad
Future destinations: Gandhinagar
GIFT City[1]
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines1 (Operational)
2 (Phase-1)[2]
2 (Phase-2)
Number of stations6 (Operational)
32 (Phase 1)
20 (Phase-2)
Daily ridership2 million (projected, 2020)
Chief executiveDurga Shanker Mishra,(Chairman)
HeadquartersBlock No.1, First Floor, Karmayogi Bhavan, Sector 10/A, Gandhinagar-382010[3]
WebsiteGujarat Metro
Operation
Began operation6 March 2019
CharacterUnderground & Elevated
Train length3 Coach
Technical
System length6.5km (Operational)
40.03 km (24.87 mi) (Phase-1)[4]
28.26 km (17.56 mi) (Phase-2)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Standard gauge[5]
Electrification750 V DC Third rail
Average speed33 km/h (21 mph)
Top speed80 km/h (50 mph)

Ahmedabad Metro is a rapid transit system for the cities of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. It is being built by Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) Limited (formerly Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad or MEGA), a Special Purpose Vehicle company constituted in 2018 to implement all metro projects in Gujarat.

The company was established in February 2010 and the Phase–1 of the project was approved in October 2014. Construction of Ahmedabad Metro started on 14 March 2015,[6][7][8] and Phase-1 is expected to be completed by 2020.[9]

Phase-1 from Vastral Gam to Apparel Park on blue line was inaugurated on 4 March 2019 by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi along with Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani & Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitinbhai Patel.[10] It opened to the public on 6 March 2019.[11]

Ahmedabad Metro is the 12th metro system in India to be operational.

History[edit]

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.[12][13] Following the estimated cost of 4295 crores and the study of the viability of the project, it was abandoned in 2005 to give priority to the Ahmedabad BRTS and suburban railway 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 (now renamed GMRC), 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.[14][15]

Ahmedabad Metro under construction near Sabarmati Tollnaka in August 2018

On 19 October 2014, Union Cabinet of India approved 10,773 Crores for the Phase–1.[15] The Central government approved use of unused Western Railways land along the Botad- Sabarmati meter gauge line in November 2014.[16] The original plan of Metro along Ashram Road was tweaked and the track was moved westward. The new plan added cost of 500 crore and two more stations. It helped by fewer problems in land acquisition and less congestion on Ashram Road. In 2015 budget of Gujarat, 611 crore was further allocated for the metro. The ground breaking ceremony was held on 14 March 2015 for the construction of 6.5 km long Vastral – Apparel Park stretch of East-West corridor in presence of then Gujarat Chief Minister, Anandiben Patel. The ground-breaking ceremony for North-South Corridor was held on 17 January 2016 in presence of the then Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel. The work started in March 2016.[17][18] The Indian Railways permitted the construction of North-South corridor stretch on its land in June 2016.[19]

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.[20]

The Government of Gujarat gave approval for Phase-2 of project in October 2017 and revised it in October 2018. In February 2019, the Union cabinet approved the Rs 5384.17 crore second phase of the project. It will extend from Motera to Mahatma Mandir (22.838 km) with separate line from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) linking Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) and GIFT City (5.416 km). The Phase-2 will have total 28.254 km long elevated corridor with 20 stations.[21][22][23]

The trial runs were carried out in February 2019 on 6.5 km long Vastral – Apparel Park section of Phase-1.[24][25] The section was inaugurated on 4 March 2019 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also laid the foundation of Phase 2.[23]

Current Status[edit]

Ahmedabad Metro
Line Name First Operational Last Extention Stations Length (KM) Terminal Rolling Stock Track Gauge (mm) Electrification
North South Line 1435 750V DC Third Rail
East West Line 4 March 2019 6 6.5 Vastral Gam Apparel Park 1435 750V DC Third Rail

Lines[edit]

Map of underconstruction metro lines with stations.
Network information[edit]

Phase-1

  • Total Length: 40.03 km (24.87 mi)
    • North-South corridor: 18.87 km (11.73 mi)
    • East-West corridor: 21.16 km (13.15 mi)
  • Lines:
North-South Line
Motera stadium
Sabarmati
AEC
Sabarmati railway station
Ranip
Vadaj
Vijay Nagar
Usmanpura
Old High Court Interchange
Gandhigram
Paldi
Shreyas
Rajiv Nagar
Jivraj Park
APMC
Gyaspur (depot)
East-West Line
Thaltej Gam
Thaltej
Doordarshan Kendra
Gurukul Road
Gujarat University
Commerce Six Roads
Stadium
Old High Court Interchange
Shahpur
Gheekanta
Kalupur railway station
Kankaria East
Apparel Park (depot)
Amraiwadi
Rabari Colony
Vastral
Nirant Cross Roads
Vastral Gam


Construction contracts[edit]

Sl No. Contract Contractor
1 General Consultancy Systra-RITES-Oriental-AECOM JV
2 96 coaches (Rolling Stock) Hyundai Rotem
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)
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)

Tata – CCECC JV
18 Electrification Siemens India - Siemens AG, Germany

Controversy[edit]

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.[26] 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.[27][28] They settled the case in September 2017.[29] 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.[30][31][32][33]

The Comptroller and Auditor General has pointed out wasteful expenditure of 373.62 crore on earlier unapproved corridors.[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  34. ^ "CAG finds ₹373-cr 'infructuous spend' in Ahmedabad Metro". The Hindu Business Line. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.

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