AHMEDABAD (METRO RAIL NEWS): Construction work has picked up the pace for the Ahmedabad Metro Phase-1 which was progressing at snail’s pace due to the Covid-19 second wave since March.
Phase-1 of Ahmedabad Metro is expected to become fully operational by August 2022 as India celebrates its 75th Independence Day. Phase-1 consisting of two corridors has a total length of 40.03 km and work is only left for a section of the length of 6.36 km.
The two lines for this phase are the North-South corridor of length 18.87 km connecting APMC to Motera with 15 elevated stations and the East-west corridor of length 21.16 km connecting Thaltej Gam to Vastral Gam with a total of 17 stations, out of which four are underground stations with an underground stretch of 6.53 km.
As reported by Ahmedabad Mirror, the most challenging work of building an underground station is nearing completion. The Metro will have four underground stations in the walled city area. The tunnelling work wherever necessary on the route is also progressing well.
This information was given to a parliamentary committee by Metro Rail Corporation in New Delhi on Thursday. The committee reviewed the status of the work of the project which was approved five years ago.
Standout sections like tunnelling in the underground sections, building a bridge over the Sabarmati railway yard and the Metro river bridge connecting eastern and western Ahmedabad are completed to a large extent. All train sets have been received and are ready for operations, the committee was informed.
According to Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC), the main objective of Metro rail is to provide Eco-friendly Mass Rapid Transport (EMRT) system to complement the existing public transport system so as to achieve a greater share of the public transport in commute and reduce congestion.
Civil construction work has already started for Phase-2 (28.25 km) of Ahmedabad Metro and is expected to be completed by March 2024. Phase-2 consist of 2 corridors i.e. Line-1 from Motera to Mahatma Mandir with a length of 22.838 km (20 stations) and Line-2 from GNLU to GIFT City with a length of 5.41 km (3 stations). Both the corridors are fully elevated.