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Introduction to Gujarat Metro Rail
Gujarat is one of the developed state of India. Gujarat is developing day by day with more projects and development plans. Metro Rail is one the latest project undertaken by Gujarat Government whose approximate cost is around twelve crore. DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) did the first technical and feasibility survey to implement the Metro Rail. The initial survey suggests feasibility of elevated route. The route will be underground for Nehru Bridge to Ahmedabad Junction. Larson and Toubro Ltd (L & T) has shown interest for this Metro Rail Project and submitted initial proposal to GIDB (Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board) to express the interest in Gujarat Metro Rail Project. Present Board of Director and executive chariman is Shri Sanjay R P GUPTA
Need of Metro Rail in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is one of the largest city of India and Gujarat and having approximately 58 lacks of populations. Ahmedabad is having highest vehicle to person ratio and every day 411 vehicles get registered. To deal with this type of traffic, flyovers, BRTS and AMTS are not just sufficient. And this is the reason why Gujarat wants MRTS (Mass Rapid Transit System) so that Metro Rail can solve the transportation issue.
Metrolink Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA)
Metrolink Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad is first proposed metro rail project company. The project will be run on speedy execution with total budget cost of Rs. 200 crore. In 2003, first DPR (Detailed Preparation Report) for this metro rail system was initiated by GIDB with the help of DMRC and was submitted in year 2005 and got the approval by Central Government. As a part of development plans, metro rail project was suggested and also planned to route between GIFT city and Ahmedabad International Airport (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport). The MEGA will connect APMC Vasna and Akshardham via Ashram Road, Koba Circle, Thaltej to Ahmedabad Junction, Sabarmati Riverfront and Delhi Darwaja.
Vision and Mission of MEGA
"To provide safe, fast and eco-friendly rail based mass transit services to the public at affordable rates while simultaneously catalyzing dense and orderly urban growth." The metro rail project MEGA is committed and firmed to deliver most cost efficient metro service within the shortest time span/fast service.
Salient fetaures of MEGA
Details of MEGA project
MEGA company Ltd. was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 by the Government of Gujarat to implement Metro Rail Project. The proposed length of the MEGA project is around 76 km with 10 km underground route. The elevated route will consists of single, twin, triple and four track viaducts having minimum 5.5 metre vertical distance. The average distance between the station is estimated to be 1.2 km to 1.5 km and total number of stations will be around 49-50. The track of the project will have 1.676 metre track gauge. The mother deport will be at Indroda and other light inspection depot at Motera. The train headway consists of peak of 5 mins (2016), 1.5 mins in 2026 and 2041. The axle load will be 19.1 tonnes. Signalling and control for this Gujarat metro rail project will be done by Communication Based Train Control specifically designed for metro use.
Proposed Routes of Gujarat Metro Rail
The Metro Rail project will consists of Routes/LINES which suggest different routes.
Phase I Routes
Line 1: Elevated Route and Underground Route
Elevated Route 1: APMC Vasana – Vasana – Paldi – Jamalpur
Undergound Route: Jamalpur – Gita Mandir - Kalupur – Civil Hospital – Vadaj
Elevated Route 2: Vadaj – Ranip – Sabarmati Railway Station- AEC - Sabarmati – Visat – IIT Gandhinagar – Tapovan Circle – Koba Circle – Kasturba Smarak – Koba Village – PDPU – Dholakuva – Police Bhavan (Gandhinagar) – Sachivalaya – Akshardham
Line 2: Elevated Route and Underground Route
Elevated Route : Vadaj – Navarang Six road – Vijay Cross road – Panjarapol – Parimal Garden – Paldi – Jamalpur – Danilimda – Chandola – Isanpur – Ghodasar – Hatkeshwar – Rakhiyal – Ajitmills – Bapunagar – Memco Sports Comlex
Underground Route: Memco Sports Complex to Civil Hospital
Extension of Phase I Route
Line 3 : Elevated Route
AEC – Motera – Hansol – Sardar Vallabhbhai International Air Port
Line 4 : Elevated Route
CH3 - Pathikhashram - Mahatma Mandir
Line 5 : Elevated Route
Kasturba Smarak - GNLU - GIFT City