Jaipur Metro | JMRC appoints a french firm to review report of phase-II project

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Jaipur: The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) has finally appointed a firm to review the detailed project report (DPR) of Jaipur Metro phase-II proposed between Ambabari and Sitapura.

French firm EGIS Rail SA (the lead firm) in joint venture with EGIS India Consulting Engineers Pvt Ltd and Feedback India Pvt Ltd will review the DPR of 24-km-long corridor.

On Monday, the agreement was signed between the firm and JMRC, which was chaired by the additional chief secretary, UDH, Mukesh Sharma. JMRC project director, Ashwani Saxena said, “The DPR will be reviewed by international experts. During the inception meeting official from Jaipur Development Authority, Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), traffic department and smart city were also presented to extend their suggestions.”

It was said that firm has asked also for master plan-2025 and necessary traffic data of the route from these departments. As the BJP government was apprehensive to construct Rs 10,000 crore project, the appointed international firm after a survey will recommend methods to (JMRC) to revise the cost of the project. It will also update the alignment, technology and various other aspects in the existing DPR. “We have directed the firm to review the DPR considering state government priorities and Metro Policy 2017. The firm will recommend latest technology to bring the cost down.”

The estimated cost to review the DPR is Rs 6 crore and firm will submit its report in six months.

The JMRC prepared its first DPR in 2012 during the Congress led government’s tenure. The then government intended to link phase-II with the Sanganer airport and other important government buildings on the route after they were missed in the initial DPR.

Following this, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted its revised DPR in 2014 and proposed an underground Metro station at airport near terminal-2.

In the proposal, it was mentioned that the train will run underground till Jawahar Circle after which elevated tracks will be constructed till Sindhi Camp bus stand. The elevated tracks will cross the bus stand and underground corridor will be constructed after that till Panipech via Collectorate.

In the 2014 (DPR), the DMRC had proposed 10-km underground and 14-km elevated corridor.
This has increased the cost of the project as DMRC estimated nearly Rs 10,000 crore to construct nearly 24-km-long corridor.

Official sources said, the JMRC has proposed to reduce the cost of the project. In recent past, the corporation made several attempts to construct the Jaipur Metro phase II under public private partnership (PPP), however, despite giving lucrative offers, no company has shown positive response.

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