Metrolink Express Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad (MEGA)has planned additional spur lines for under-construction metro network connecting the twin cities. The spur lines will serve as feeder lines providing last mile connectivity.
Speaking at the session ‘Opportunities for Surface Transport & Importance of Connectivity’ at the recently-concluded Vibrant Gujarat Summit, executive chairman and managing director of MEGA, Sanjay Gupta, announced that spur lines are planned along with metro network to serve as feeder lines. “In phase I of metro network of about 38.9 kms, we will have 15.9 kms of spur lines,” he said.
“In Delhi, the bus and the metro systems have been integrated to a certain degree, but majority still requires execution — the interstate bus service with the BRT, which is only partially developed and the metro rail routes,” said Gupta.
Integration of BRTS and metro stations has also been planned for Ahmedabad, he said. “MEGA has planned to develop network and metro stations integrated along with BRTS and railway stations. Multimodal transport hub is an integrated transit hub that provides seamless, safe and efficient movement of passengers between different transport stations, those arriving and departing by any means of transport,” he said.
MEGA has planned such four stations in Phase 1 that includes Vadaj, AEC, Koba Circle and Infocity, Gupta said.
He said that MEGA is working jointly with Cept University, which is responsible for the planning of BRTS — from land-use planning; transit-oriented development and eco city development and planning of high density nodal development around its stations. “BRTS in Ahmedabad also integrates the cycle paths into the plan,” he added.
Gupta also said that the authorities must take comprehensive steps in developing more efficient transport networks. “The various ministries will need to coordinate with each other to achieve this and the decisions must be made in a fair and swift manner,” he said.