The fare for the entire 12.06 km corridor (Mansarovar to Chandpole) will be Rs 22. The new corridor may give a fresh lease of life to JMRC as it can increase its ridership after getting operational.
In the absence of Phase 1B, the performance of Phase 1A of Jaipur Metro was ‘poor’ as the average ridership dipped. “At present, an average 20,000 passengers commute through Metro daily, as against the projected figure of one lakh. But Phase-II is expected to boost the numbers,” a senior official said.
The tariff is comparatively cheaper than other means of transport. People commuting to Walled City from Sindhi Camp, railway station and Sodala use the Metro as it is cost-effective.
As of now, Metro makes 170 trips between Mansarovar and Chandpole every day. Trains arrive within an interval of 15 minutes from morning 6.25am to 8am and after 8am trains arrive within 10 minutes. It will be convenient for people coming to the Walled City as per official data.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Ministry of Railways have allowed the Metro to operate from September 7 in a calibrated manner.
“Once directions are received from the state government, the JMRC will prepare and issue the details on the functioning of Metro and its usage by the general public. We will also follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the ministry”, said one person familiar with the matter.
The JMRC official, however, confirmed that the newly constructed phase IB corridor (Chandpole to Badi Chaupar) will not be opened in the initial stage. “The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety has given a nod for commencing commercial operations. However, JMRC has to meet 65 conditions before opening the corridor. The underground corridor will be operational after one month of Phase-1B,” said one official.
The cost of the underground phase-IB project is Rs 1,126 crore. Out of which Rs 969 crore has been provided by the Asian Development Bank.