Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad
|Native name||Gujarati: મેટ્રોલિંક એક્સપ્રેસ ફોર ગાંધીનગર એન્ડ અમદાવાદ (મેગા)|
|Owner||Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA)|
|Area served||Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India|
|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|
|Operation will start||2020|
|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 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, and Phase I is expected to be complete by 2020.
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 ₹ 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, 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 ₹ 10,773 Crores 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 ₹ 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 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 Anandiben Patel. The work started in March 2016. 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 Crores for Phase-1 of the project in November 2015 and the first trench of ₹ 4456 Crores was released in 2016.
The Government of Gujarat gave approval for Phase-2 of project in October 2017 which is expected to cost ₹ 6,758 crore. It will extend from Motera to Mahatma Mandir with separate line from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) to GIFT City. The Phase-2 will have total 34.6km long elevated corridor with 24 stations.
- 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
|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)||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)
|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|
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 had filed a case in Gujarat High Court. They settled the case in September 2017.
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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