The commissioning of the Ahmedabad Metrorail project is expected to take much longer than planned earlier. The first phase of the project that proposes to link the two highly populated corridors within Ahmedabad city with each other was earlier targeted to complete by 2018. However, only the first 6 kms of the 37.76-km-long Metrorail route will now be complete by end of 2017.
“We will be able to commission only the first six kms by 2017. The underground section of the Metro and the alignment of the North-South and East-West Corridors (that links APMC and Jivraj Park areas in the South with Ranip in North and Thaltej Gam in the East to Vastral in the West) is expected to take longer time,” said a senior official associated with the project that saw the first Detailed Project Report (DPR) being filed in 2004, routes being redrawn at least three times and a Rs 113-crore scam recently denting the image of the project.
Mumbai-based J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd has been selected to build the first 6 kms of the project between Vastral Gam and Apparel Park. This route is part of the 20.53-km-long East-West Corridor (Thaltej gam to Vastral Gam). This route will connect Apparel Park with Amraiwadi, Rabari Colony, Vastral, Nirant Cross roads and Vastral Gam.
Work on the piers for the metrolrail has already begun at Vastral Gam. “In a couple of weeks time, we will start the mass production of piers on this route,” the official said.
The Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Ltd (MEGA) — a 50:50 special purpose vehicle of the Government of India and Gujarat government that is executing the project — has not changed the date fixed earlier for the scheduled completion of the 37.76-km-long route. “We are still looking to complete the project by end of 2018,” the official added. However, the 2018 target seems unlikely considering that the foundation stone for the project was laid in March 2015 by CM Anandiben Patel and the official announcement made then was to complete the first six kms route at the cost of Rs 611 crore by September 2016.