Sreedharan Submits Vijayawada Metro Rail DPR to AP CM

Sreedharan Submits Vijayawada Metro Rail DPR to AP CM

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) principal advisor E Sreedharan today submitted the detail project report of Vijayawada Metro project of which total estimated cost (until 2019) would be Rs 6,823 crore and its first phase will begin by June.

He said this after presenting the Detailed Project Report (DPR) on Vijayawada Metro after meeting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here, according to an official press release issued here today.

In the Vijayawada Metro DPR, Sreedharan mentioned that it includes two corridors namely, Corridor 1 (Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal–Penamaluru) of 12.76 km and Corridor 2 (Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal–Nidamanuru) of 13.27 km, the release said.

Corridor 1 will be linked to the capital city of Amaravathi, while Corridor 2 will be connected to Gannavaram airport, Sreedharan said in the release.

The total length including these two corridors is 26.03 km where the cost per kilometer comes up to Rs 209 crore, the DPR stated, the release said.

"Whether it is going to be elevated or not will only be decided during the capital development stage," Sreedharan waas quoted as saying in the release.

He added that the underground project per would cost Rs 500-600 crore per kilometre against Rs 209 crore per kilometre if it is elevated.

Giving a break-up of fares for transportation, the DPR said that the cost of the ticket per person is Rs 10 between 0-5 km, Rs 20 between 5 km to 10km and Rs 30 if it is above 10 km.

Explaining land requirements, the DPR mentions that 31.029 hectares of land (both government and private) will be required for the project. For the construction of Metro Rail Depot, 11.34 hectares of land will be required, the DPR stated, according to the release.

"Government lands along the route may be reserved for property development to fund the project," the report said.

Sreedharan informed the Chief Minister that the first phase of the project will begin by June. By January 1, 2019, one section of the Metro Rail project should be commissioned, the Chief Minister said, as per the release.

While the DMRC team predicted that the traffic demand forecast could be 2.91 lakh trips in 2019-2020 and will rise to 9.99 lakh trip in 2051-52, the release said.

Replying to the traffic forecasts, the Chief Minister and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the estimates are conservative and added that the traffic may be higher, considering capital institutions, the release said.

Meanwhile, Sreedharan said that the DPR of Visakhapatnam Metro would be ready by June 15. However, he presented the status report of Vizag Metro to the Chief Minister today, the release said.

The Chief Minister was informed that a Rapid Rail Transit System for Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri (VGTM) could be planned as Metro will not be feasible on this route, the release said.

However, during the next cabinet meeting, a discussion on these projects will ensue. Proposals for connectivity between Vizag to Tirupati via Amaravathi and Bengaluru to Amaravati high-speed train proposals will be discussed, the Chief Minister said, according to the release.


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