Bhopal: Construction work of much-awaited Bhopal metro rail project will take off in August. The civil work for first two routes of the 95.3 km metro rail project is expected to begin from February 2017 and completion deadline is stated as 2020-21, according to state government estimates.
First phases of the project, some 26 km, will connect Karond to AIIMS Bhopal (14.3 km) and another to link Bhadbhada to Anand Nagar (12.34 km). Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funding to Bhopal metro is around Rs 7,000 crore.
On Monday, senior urban administration and environment department (UAED) officials and metro rail consultants to review JICA experts’ queries. A delegation of JICA is scheduled to visit Bhopal and Indore from May 11.
Sources said JICA queries to Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Company Limited (MPMRCL) relate to the DPR, which has been approved by the Union government. Issues raised by Japanese experts included demand forecast, BRT type model, traffic volume estimated in Bhopal metro rail project, DPR.
Consultants clarified that population growth rate between 2013-21 and 2021 to be uniform. State government estimates forecast expect metro rail to cater to 15,000 passengers per hour in medium term with metro capacity ranging between 900 to 1,200 passengers per trip.
Prospective traffic volume in each of six sections of proposed metro rail is projections are about carrying three lakh passengers when fully operational. Consultants also clarified metro rail lines in Bhopal will not cross each other. There will be two tracks on a single line for travel in opposite directions.