Ahmedabad: Top-notch design institute, National Institute of Design (NID), has bagged Metro rail’s project to design signages on the entire stretch of the railway line, including stations which will connect Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
The project, led by professor Tridha Gajjar, coordinator, graphic design, will have two experts and a consultant working on the designs.
Confirming the development, NID director Pradyumna Vyas said, “It is a very proud moment for us to work for betterment of the city by contributing our designs to projects like metro rail, airport beautification etc.”
Professor Gajjar said they had been asked to create an identity for Metro rail and design signages. “We have been given a deadline of six months in which we have to give them designs of six prototypes for stations and roads. We have started work and are studying the metro route. The visual identity of Metro rail should be such that one can relate to it at once,” she said.
An expert, requesting anonymity said, “NID should take some cue from Delhi metro rail which has used tough material for signages ensuring they are vandalism and defilement-proof. The signages are made of aluminium extrusion with vinyl.”
Interestingly, an NID team led by professor Pravinsinh Solanki is also working on giving a facelift to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu. NID has designed signages and designed monkey-proof dustbins for Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, besides enabling better facilities.
The total length of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-I is about 39.259 km out of which approximately six km is underground, while the rest is elevated section. The project will connect four corners of the city. There will be two corridors and 32 stations.
North-south corridor with a length of 18.522 km will connect Motera Stadium to APMC and Vasna and will pass through Sabarmati, AEC, Sabarmati railway station, Ranip, Vadaj, Vijaynagar, Usmanpura, Old high court, Gandhigram, Paldi, Shreyas, Rajivnagar and Jivraj stations. It will be completely elevated with 15 stations.
The length of the east-west corridor is about 20.737 km with 17 stations along the route. This corridor will connect Vastral Gaam to Thaltej Gaam and will passing through Nirant Crossroads, Vastral, Rabari Colony, Amraiwadi, Apparel Park, Kankaria east, Kalupur railway station, Gheekanta, Shahpur, old high court, Sardar Patel Stadium, Commerce six roads, Gujarat University, Gurukul Road, Doordarshan Kendra, Thaltej stations. About six km will have an underground section and four stations will fall within this section. The remaining stations will be on elevated section. Old high court station will be an interchange station for both corridors.