All You Need to Know About Bhopal and Indore Metro Projects

Overview of Bhopal and Indore Metro

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Bhopal Metro

The Bhopal Metro project, also known as the Bhoj Metro, is a mass rapid transit system (MRTS) currently under construction in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh state. The project, which is being built by the Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Co Limited (MPMRCL), will consist of two lines and 28 stations.

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The project’s master plan, prepared by Rohit Associates Cities & Rails Pvt.Ltd outlines a total of six metro lines, with two lines (line 2 & 5) selected for implementation in Phase 1. The Phase 1 project’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) was approved by the state government in December 2016 and by the Central Government’s cabinet in October 2018. The project’s priority corridor is expected to be completed and opened in March 2024, beyond its original August 2023 deadline, while Phase 1 is slated for completion in 2027.

The Bhopal Metro project is set to be partly financed by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), as well as a 400 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), which was signed on December 20, 2019. Construction work on Phase 1 began in January 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2026. The project’s foundation stone was laid by the state’s Chief Minister in September 2019, and it is nicknamed Bhoj Metro.

The system specifications for the Bhopal Metro include a top speed of 80 kmph, an average speed of 34 kmph, a track gauge of standard gauge – 1435 mm, electrification with 750 V DC Third Rail, and signalling through Communications-based Train Control (CBTC).

Once completed, the Bhopal Metro is expected to span 77.13 km, with Phase 1 consisting of 21.65 km of approved lines. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 6941.40 cr, with an estimated daily ridership of 2.20 lakh/day (2027).

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Alstom Transport India has officially started production of metro trains for Bhopal and Indore Metro at its manufacturing facility in Savli, Gujarat, on March 13, 2023

Route Map for Phase 1 of Bhopal Metro:

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Route Map of Bhopal Metro phase 1

 

The map shows the official line colours. The locations of stations are subject to change.

Phase 1 of the Bhopal Metro project includes two approved lines: Line-2 (Purple Line) and Line-5 (Red Line). Line-2 spans 14.99 km, with 16 stations between Karond Circle and AIIMS. It is an elevated and underground line, with 6.225 km currently under construction between AIIMS and Subhash Nagar. Line-5 spans 12.88 km and consists of 13 elevated stations between Bhadbhada Square and Ratnagiri Tiraha. Both lines have their depot at the Subhash Nagar Underpass (Jinsi).

Proposed Lines for Bhopal Metro:

Green Line (Line-1): Bairgarh to Awadhpuri

Number of stations: 24

Station names: Bairagarh, Bairagarh Stadium, Hemu Kalani, Hala Pura Bus Stand, Lal Ghati Square, Idgarh Hills, Collectorate, Cambridge School MG Hospital, Curfew Wali Mata Mandir, Kamala Park, Polytechnic Square, Roshanpura Square, TT Nagar Stadium, Mata Mandir, Jain Mandir, Sharda Mandir, Nutan College, Mansarovar Complex (Habibganj Station), Khushabhau Thakrey ISBT, Anna Nagar, Carmel Convent, Piplani Gurdwara Square, Mahatma Gandhi Square, Awadhpuri.

Blue Line (Line-3): Bhauri Bypass (NH12 Junction) to Vasant Kunj Bus Stop

Number of stations: 24

Station names: Bhauri Bypass/NH12 Junction, Peepainer Village (Aerocity), Airport Road, Gandhinagar, Airport Tiraha, Manubhan Tekri, Lalghati Square, Idgarh Hills, Collectorate, Cambridge School MG Hospital, Curfew Wali Mata Mandir, Kamala Park, Polytechnic Square, Roshanpura Square, TT Nagar Stadium, Mata Mandir, Jain Mandir, Sharda Mandir, Nutan College, Mansarovar Complex (Habibganj Station), Habibganj Naka, 10 No. Square, Sai Board, Vasant Kunj Bus Stop.

Yellow Line (Line-4): Ashok Garden Auto Stand to Mother Teresa School

Number of stations: 21

Station names: Ashok Garden Auto Stand, Krishna Campus, Railway Station, Jumerati Road, Curfew Wali Mata Mandir, Kamala Park, Polytechnic Square, Roshanpura Square, TT Nagar Stadium, Mata Mandir, MACT Square, Panchsheel Nagar Bus Stop, Ekant Park, Sahapura Lake, Bhoj University (Chunnabhatti), IIPM Sarvadham, Mansarovar School, CI Height Nayapura Bus Stop, Sanskar Marriage Garden, Bhairagarh Chichali, Mother Teresa School.

Brown Line (Line-6): Habibganj Naka to Mandideep

Number of stations: 12

Station names: Habibganj Naka, RRL, BU University, Bagsewania Bus Stop, Ashima The Lake City Mall, Sri Ram Colony, C21 Mall, Scope College (Bharopur), Regional 1 / NH-12, Harigangar Nagar, Regional 2, Mandideep.

To view the latest notices inviting tenders for the Bhopal Metro, visit MPMRCL’s website. Refer to the news and construction page for further details on these notices, including bidders, awarded tenders, and contracts.

The following contractors are involved in the Bhopal Metro project:

  • Rohit Associates Cities & Rails Pvt. Ltd. created the Detailed Project Report (DPR).
  • DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH – Geodata Engineering S.p.A. – Louis Berger Group JV is the General Consultant (GC).
  • RITES – Ardanuy Ingeniería JV is the Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for the Subhash Nagar Underpass (Jinsi) Depot.
  • Dilip Buildcon Ltd. is responsible for Package-01, which involves constructing a 6.225 km viaduct from AIIMS to Subhash Nagar, including an entry/exit viaduct to the depot.
  • URC Construction won the BH-02 contract to construct 8 elevated stations on Line-2 between AIIMS and Subhash Nagar.
  • KEC – SAM JV is the lowest bidder for BH-06, which involves constructing the Subhash Nagar Depot (carshed).
  • Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is the lowest bidder for BH-07, which involves constructing the ballastless track of standard gauge at elevated and underground sections along with ballasted and ballastless track in the depot.
  • Gulermak – Kalpataru JV is the lowest bidder for BH-08, which involves electrification, including 750 V DC 3rd rail, SCADA, power supply, RSS, TSS, and ASS.
  • Amit Mandloi Contractor is the lowest bidder for BH-11, which involves commissioning a 3X8 MVA 33 11kV substation and 33kV 11kV line work.
  • Alstom Transport is the lowest bidder for BH-IN-02, which involves the supply of 156 rolling stock cars for the Bhopal and Indore metros, including signalling and train control and telecommunication systems.
  • Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) won the contracts for BH-IN-03A, which involves the supply of 1305 MT UIC 60_60 E1 Profile 880 Grade Rails, and BH-IN-03B, which involves the supply of 8120 MT Head Hardened Rails.
  • Vossloh Cogifer is responsible for BH-IN-03C, which involves the design, manufacturing, and supply of standard gauge 60 E1 UIC 60 turnouts.
  • HYT Engineering Company is the lowest bidder for BH-IN-06A, which Design, manufacture, supply, testing and commissioning of two numbers of Automatic CNC Underfloor Wheel Lathe & four numbers of Electric Shunter for Depot(s)
  • Premier India Agencies submitted the only bid for BH-IN-06B, which involves Two sets RRV and Shunter.
  • Two bids were received from Nissan Clean India and Swastik Overseas for BH-IN-06C, which involves an automatic train wash plant for depots at Bhopal Metro and Indore Metro Rail projects.
  • STAHL Cransystems India is the lowest bidder for BH-IN-06D, which involves two sets of pit jacks, two sets of mobile jacks, and ten numbers of bogie turn tables.
  • State Bank of India (SBI) submitted the only bid for BH-IN-07, which involves an open loop EMV NCMC card and QR code-based automatic fare collection AFC system based on the PPP revenue model for Bhopal and Indore.
  • Otis Elevator Company (India) Ltd. is the lowest bidder for BH-IN-10A, which involves heavy-duty machine room-less gearless lifts and heavy.

Indore Metro

Indore Metro is a mass rapid transit system currently under construction in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is being developed by the Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Co Limited (MPMRCL). It is expected to cover 94 kms with four metro lines and two spurs, as per the master plan designed by Rohit Associates Cities & Rails Pvt. Ltd.

Phase 1 of Indore Metro will cover a distance of 33.53 kms and includes the implementation of the Yellow Line / Line-3, which is a ring line. The state government approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Phase 1 in December 2016 and by the Central Government’s cabinet in October 2018.

The Priority Corridor of Indore Metro is slated to be completed and opened to the public in August 2024, with Phase 1 expected to be fully completed in 2027. Originally, the project was set to be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Still, it will now be financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the New Development Bank (NDB).

In February 2019, construction work on the Indore Metro project commenced after the Phase 1 foundation stone was laid by the state’s Chief Minister in September 2019.

Indore Metro: System Specifications and Phase 1 Line Details

The Indore Metro is an upcoming mass rapid transit system (MRTS) that will serve the city of Indore in Madhya Pradesh state, India. Here are some important specifications and details about the project:

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System Specifications:

Top Speed: 80 kmph

Average Speed: 34 kmph

Track Gauge: Standard Gauge – 1435 mm

Electrification: 750 V DC Third Rail

Signalling: Communications-based Train Control (CBTC)

Project Status:

Operational: 0 km

Under Construction: 16.217 km (Gandhi Nagar – Mumtaj Bag Colony)

Approved: 15.1313 km

Proposed: 57.18 km

Estimated Cost: Rs.7500.80 cr

Estimated Daily Ridership: 2.50 lakh/day (2027)

Phase 1 Line Details:

Line Name: Yellow Line (Line-3)

Type: Elevated & Underground

Length: 33.53 km

Number of Stations: 30

Station Names: Bhawarsala Square, MR 10 Road, ISBT / MR 10 Flyover, Chandragupta Square, Hira Nagar, Bapat Square, Meghdoot Garden, Vijay Nagar Square, Radisson Square, Mumtaj Bag Colony, Bengali Square, Patrakar Coloy, Palasia Square, High Court / Hotel Residency, Indore Railway Station, Rajwada Palace, Maulana Azad Marg, Bada Ganpati, Ramchandra Nagar Square, Kalani Nagar, BSF, Airport, Gandhi Nagar Nanod, Super Corridor 6, Super Corridor 5, Super Corridor 4, Super Corridor 3, Super Corridor 2, and Super Corridor 1

The Yellow Line, also known as Line-3, is a ring line that will cover 30 stations along a length of 33.53 km. The line will be a combination of elevated and underground sections, with a depot located at Super Corridor. Construction work for the line started in February 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2027. As of now, 16.217 km of the line between Gandhi Nagar and Mumtaj Bag Colony is under construction.

Proposed Lines

Line-1A: Sri Aurobindo Hospital – Collectorate office – Indore Bypass 1

Number of Stations: 18

Station Names: Sri Aurobindo Hospital, Bhawarsala Square, Sanwer Industrial Area, Ganesh Sham Colony, Banganga, Laxmibai Nagar Square, Mara Mata Square, Imli Bazar Chowk, Rajwada Palace, Collectorate Office, Indore Icchapur Rail Crossing, Tower Square, Bhawarkuan Square, Holkar University/IT Park, Rani Bagh, Limbodi, Ralamandal, Indore Bypass 1

Line-1B: Sri Aurobindo Hospital – Collectorate office – Regional Park (1B)

Number of Stations: 13

Station Names: Sri Aurobindo Hospital, Bhawarsala Square, Sanwer Industrial Area, Ganesh Sham Colony, Banganga, Laxmibai Nagar Square, Mara Mata Square, Imli Bazar Chowk, Rajwada Palace, Collectorate Office, Central Excise, Choithram, Regional Park

Line-2: Dewas Naka – Juni Indore – MHOW

Number of Stations: 28

Station Names: Dewas Naka, Niranjanpur Circle, Aranya Nagar, IDA Park, Vijay Nagar Square, Bhamori, Patni Pura/St Joseph Church, Malwa Mill Square, Raj Kumar Bridge, Indore Railway Station, Juni Indore, Collectorate Office, Mhow Naka, Dusshera Maidan, Annapuran Temple, Narmada Public School (Ring Road), Rajendra Nagar, Reti Mandi, IPS Academy, Shramik Colony, Indore Bypass-2, Pigdambar, Umariya, Maa Vaishanodevi Hospital, Haranyakheri / IIT Indore, Chinar Residency, MHOW

Line-4: MR9 – Indore Railway Station – Indore Bypass 4

Number of Stations: 16

Station Names: MR9, Convention Center, Lahiya Colony, Chandragupta Square, Sukliya, Nanda Nagar Main Road, Mazdoor Maidan, Rajkumar Bridge, Indore Railway Station, Chhavani, Sri Agrasen Maharaj Chowk, Navlakha Bus Station, Teen Imli, Babul Nagar, Musakhedi, Indore Bypass 4

The contractors for various aspects of the Indore Metro project are listed below:

  • Rohit Associates Cities & Rails Pvt. Ltd. prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR).
  • DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH, Geodata Engineering S.p.A., and Louis Berger Group JV are the General Consultants (GC).
  • RITES – Ardanuy Ingeniería JV is the Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for Line-3’s Depot.
  • Dilip Buildcon Ltd. is responsible for Package-02A/01, which involves constructing a 5.29 km viaduct between ISBT/MR10 Flyover and Mumtaj Bag Colony.
  • Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) won the bid for IN-02, which involves constructing 7 stations between ISBT/MR10 Flyover and Radisson Square. RVNL is also responsible for IN-03, which involves constructing a 10.927 km section with 9 elevated stations between MR10 Road Station and Gandhi Nagar Station on the Super Corridor.
  • KSM Bashir Mohammad and Sons won the bid for IN-07, which involves constructing the Gandhi Nagar Depot.
  • Texmaco Rail – ISC Projects JV is responsible for IN-08, which involves constructing the Ballastless Track of Standard Gauge for the underground corridor and Gandhi Nagar Depot.
  • Kalpataru Power Transmission won the bid for IN-09, which involves the electrification of the 750 V DC 3rd Rail, SCADA, Power Supply, RSS, TSS & ASS.
  • Alstom Transport is responsible for BH-IN-02, which involves supplying 156 Rolling Stock Cars for the Bhopal & Indore metros, including Signaling and Train Control and Telecommunication Systems.
  • Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) for the supply of 8425 MT of Head Hardened Rails under BH-IN-03B
  • Vossloh Cogifer for the design, manufacturing, and supply of Standard Gauge 60 E1 UIC 60 Turnouts under BH-IN-03C
  • HYT Engineering Company is the lowest bidder for the Design, manufacture, supply, testing and commissioning two numbers of Automatic CNC Underfloor Wheel Lathe & four numbers Electric Shunter for Depot(s) under BH-IN-06A
  • Premier India Agencies as the only bidder for the supply of Two sets RRV and Shunter under BH-IN-06B
  • Two bids have been received for the supply of an Automatic Train Wash Plant for Depots at Bhopal Metro and Indore Metro Rail projects from Nissan Clean India and Swastik Overseas under BH-IN-06C
  • STAHL Cransystems India as the lowest bidder for the supply of two sets of Pit Jack, two sets of Mobile Jack, and ten Bogie Turn Tables under BH-IN-06D
  • State Bank of India (SBI) as the only bidder for an Open Loop EMV NCMC card and QR code-based Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) System based on PPP Revenue Model for Bhopal and Indore under BH-IN-07
  • Otis Elevator Company (India) Ltd. as the lowest bidder for the supply of Heavy Duty Machine Room Less Gear Less Lifts and Heavy Duty Escalators under BH-IN-10A.

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