Bhopal: At Subhash Nagar the under construction rail-over-bridge (RoB) has brought big challenge for Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (MPMRCL) to complete Bhopal metro Rail Project on targeted time. Rail- over-bridge (RoB) it is being built by Public Work department (PWD) now it has been directed by the urban development department to make some changes in the design so that Bhopal Metro Project work may not get affected.
About Bhopal Metro: Bhopal Metro project is based on Rapid Transit Light Metro (RTLM) system. The Bhopal city has become one of the education hubs for technical students Bhopal Metro will be wonderful transport facility for them and other city dwellers. The total length of Bhopal Metro 35 Km which consist 3 corridors and total project cost for this project is Rs 80 billion. The route of these projects will be on road, on bridges, and underground also. The three corridors of this project have been proposed by DMRC M.P.Nagar to Mandideep Suruchi Nagar to BHEL (9km, 9 stations) Bairagarh to Mandideep respectively.
Urban development and Metro rail expert said that, “The strategic importance of the location cannot be understated, but the RoB is a major hindrance. Design changes in RoB are being considered so that the Stud Farms location remains a viable alternative for Metro rail depot.” Initial proposal for Metro rail had pitched for a depot near the international airport.
Some information has been also collected from official that tweaking the design of the under construction project means further delay in completion of the RoB. Many experts have in the past been critical of the development of the RoB. Objections regarding the construction of RoB were raised before the PWD when it undertook the task of expansion of Chetak Bridge in Bhopal.
Consultant for MPMRCL said that the site (Stud Farm, Arera Hills) is marked as the main depot for Bhopal Metro Rail. “The construction near the Metro rail depot site would call for deviation in plans. Track turning radius is limited to 100 metre for Metro in Bhopal.”
In Detail Project Report (DPR) gave complete information regarding Bhopal Metro Project. The total number of stations are 30 and it stretch to 27.87 km. The construction was also focused to decongestant traffic by constructing grid separators through which “In future any kind of bus system will also feed the Metro or act as complimentary to the Metro rail network.”