The work on the first phase of the Rs12,000 crore Metrolink Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) project is likely to begin by November.
On Saturday the authorities undertook a ground check according to the guidelines given by the advisor to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC). To discuss related issues they met officials of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authorities (AUDA). The MEGA authorities visited the metro rail route in Ahmedabad from Vasna APMC to Motera. Sanjay Gupta, chairman of MEGA said checking the ground reality was a routine exercise on the metro rail route.
“We are ready to start work on the metro rail within a period of three to four months. However, exact schedule will be announced by the state government,” said Gupta.
Gupta expressed his satisfaction about the ground reality on the Ahmedabad route. “The ground alignment is satisfactory and surprisingly there seems to be no obstacles in the way of the work at present on the route,” Gupta said. The chairman of MEGA also praised the AMC and the AUDA officials for their support.
Guruprasad Mohapatra, municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad, said AMC has a larger role to play in the implementation of MEGA as most part of the route, from Vasna to Motera, passes through Ahmedabad. “The BRTS and the metro rail will complement each other,” Mohapatra said.
The metro rail project will be carried out in a phased manner. The first phase of the metro rail project will cover a distance of 32.65 km from Vasna APMC in Ahmedabad to Akshardham in Gandhinagar and 10.90 km east-west corridor between Kalupur and Thaltej in Ahmedabad. In the second phase, the metro rail will connect Ahmedabad and Dholera special investment region (SIR).
According to sources close to the development, if funds for the project flow in smoothly, the project can be completed within two to three years once its work begins.