SURAT (Metro Rail News): The Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) officials have informed that the number of families who could have got displaced due to the construction of Surat Metro in Gujarat is expected to reduce by 70 per cent. A senior official has informed that it is possible due to making some changes in previous designs of the metro stations as well as small changes in the alignment of metro rail route.
“In the Surat Metro project, we have reduced the number of Project Affected Families (PAFs) from 660 to 192, by making minor realignments. Major acquisition of private properties is done for stations and so we decided to redesign stations in such a way that the least number of families living around the proposed stations on the metro route gets affected,” said a senior official of GMRC, IE reported.
As per the Detailed Project Report (DPR) which was submitted for the first phase of the Surat Metro, around 676 households were expected to be affected and therefore Rs 375 crore were set aside for relief and rehabilitation of those families.
“We have made certain alterations to ensure that the minimum number of people get affected.
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Because of these changes, the cost of rehabilitation is also expected to come down for Surat Metro,” the official said.
“Instead of demolishing the building and going straight ahead, we altered the alignment by 20-25 metres and thus saved the structure. Similarly, we brought about changes in the design of metro stations by altering the entry and exit points to save residences or commercial establishments. Such changes have been brought about in 50 per cent of the proposed stations of Surat Metro,” the official added.
GMRC to execute this plan has decided to change the alignment of the rail route which will now be built along the centre of existing roads, with a single pier supporting the viaduct which will allow existing roads to remain in use, even after the metro is built.