Gujarat State Government has initiated MRTS project in the name of Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmadabad (MEGA) Company Ltd. to provide safe and comfortable mobility solutions for Citizens in Gandhinagar and Ahmadabad. The company registered under the Company Registration Act. 1956 with joint ownership of Govt. of India and Govt. of Gujarat.
Ahmedabad Metro is a new rapid transit system under construction between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India. Owned by Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), the project was approved in October 2014.
The project is being developed by the MEGA, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) jointly owned by the Government of India (GoI) and the Government of Gujarat.
The final detailed project report (DPR) for the Ahmedabad Metro was prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and approved in March 2015. Construction began with the ground-breaking ceremony held in March 2015 and is expected to be completed by 2020.
The project aims to meet the transport needs of the city’s growing population, which is expected to reach 8.64 million by 2020.
Line routes and stations
The total length of the Ahmedabad Metro Phase One will be 39.26km, of which 6km will be underground and the remainder will be elevated. The first phase will include two corridors and 32 stations, connecting four corners of the Ahmedabad city.
The first phase is divided into two sections, the North-South Corridor and the East-West Corridor. The 18.52km-long North-South Corridor will have 15 stations. It will connect Motera Stadium with APMC through Sabarmati, AEC, Sabarmati Railway station, Ranip, Vadaj, Vijaynagar, Usmanpura, Old Highcourt, Gandhigram, Paldi, Shreyas, Rajivnagar and Jivraj stations.
The 20.73km-long East-West Corridor will have 17 stations. It will pass through Nirant Cross Road, Vastral, Rabari Colony, Amraiwadi, Apparel Park, Kankaria East, Kalupur Railway Station, Ghee Kanta, Shahpur, Old High Court, Stadium, Commerce Six Road, Gujarat University, Gurukul Road, Doordarshan Kendra and Thaltej stations, while connecting Vastral Gaam to Thaltej Gaam.
The underground section will feature four stations, while the elevated link will have 13 stations. The interchange station for the corridors will be the Old High Court station.
The Phase two will connect Mahatma Mandir, Sachivalaya, Gift City and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU). The 34.6km stretch will originate at Motera and terminate at Mahatma Mandir with 24 stations.
Metro Routes (Under Construction)
- East-West Corridor – (From Thaltej Gam to Vastral Gam) – 20.536 km (19 stations)
- North-South Corridor – (APMC to Motera Stadium) – 17.23 km (16 stations)
Ahmedabad Metro project infrastructure
The metro system will feature ballast-less tracks, GPS-based rail tracking system, train destination indicators, automated fare collection, and parking facilities.
It will also feature fibre optic cables, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, train radio and a public address system. Control telephones and a centralised clock system will be installed, while the automatic fare collection system will be integrated with passenger-operated machines and smart cards.
The estimated investment for the construction of the Ahmedabad Metro phase one is $1.65bn. The Government of India and the Government of Gujarat will fund $305.46m each, while the Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide $931.13m as a loan. The state government will also provide a subordinate debt of $111.59m.
Phase two of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail project secured $1.04bn from the Government of Gujarat in October 2017.
Total Project Cost: INR 10773.00 Crore
Contractors involved with Ahmedabad metro
Hyundai Rotem was awarded the contract for the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 96 standard gauge cars and personnel training, in October 2017. Nippon Signal secured the contract for signalling and train control systems.
In January 2017, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) bagged the contract to construct the section between Kalupur and West Ramp, which includes tunnels and two stations. Power supply receiving and distribution system, 750V DC third rail traction electrification and SCADA system will be provided by the consortium of Siemens India and Siemens.
In December 2016, Simplex Infrastructure received the contract to construct the 8.94km-long link between Shreyas and Ranip, including viaducts and six stations.
A joint venture between China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and Tata Projects won a contract to construct a section between Thaltej Gam and West Ramp in January 2017, including a viaduct and seven stations.
Major contracts awarded:
- A joint venture (JV) consortium of SYSTRA MVA Consulting India, RITES Limited, Oriental Consultants Global Co. Ltd. and AECOM Asia Co Ltd. (Systra-RITES-Oriental-AECOM JV) appointed as General Consultant for Phase-I Project
- Hyundai Rotem awarded for supply 96 Standard Gauge Coaches (Rolling Stock)
- Japanese firm Nippon Signal Co. Ltd. wins contract for supply of Signalling Systems
- URC Construction Pvt. Ltd. awarded contract for work of construction of Apparel Park Depot
- A joint venture (JV) consortium of Gannon Dunkerly and PSPO (Gannon Dunkerly – PSPO JV) awarded contract for work of construction of Gyaspur Depot
- J Kumar Infraprojects awarded contract for construction of 6 km viaduct between Vastral Gam – Apparel Park.