GUJARAT, INDIA (Metro Rail News): The construction work for Phase-1 of the Surat Metro rail project has begun after tenders’ worth over Rs. 3,002 crores for various civil works, including those for the underground section, were awarded by the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC).
Work has started on the 21.59 KM corridor between Sarthana and Dream city, said officials GMRC.
It is the longest of the two corridors being built under Phase-1 of the project. “Work has started on the elevated corridor between Dream city to Majura Gate and within the underground section between Apodaca and Chowk Bazaar,” said officials GMRC.
GMRC has awarded tenders worth Rs. 3,002 crores, including tenders for the underground section, which build at the value of over Rs. 1,870 crores. The first tender for building the 11.6 KMs elevated section from Dream City to Chowk Bazar has been awarded to a venture between M/S Sadbhav Engineering Ltd. and SP Singla Constructions Pvt Ltd.
The underground section on the same corridor between Dream City and Sarthana has been allotted in two packages. M/s JK Infra Projects have been awarded the contract to construct the underground section between Chowk Bazar to Surat Railway Station at the cost of Rs. 943 crores.
A joint venture between Gulermark and Sam India Built well has been awarded an Rs. 929 crores contract to build the underground section between Kapodara to Central Warehouse. The fourth tender of Rs. Three hundred fifty (350) crores have been awarded to M/s ITD Cementation India for constructing the Dream City Depot. The scope of work will also include constructing the Operations Control Centre and metro Bhavan headquarters at Dream city.
Phase-1 of Surat Metro was sanctioned on 06th June 2019 for a total length of 40.35 KMs. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone and conducted the Bhoomi puja virtually on 18th January 2021. The project consists of two elevated corridors with a complete of 38 stations. The longest corridor of about 21.58 KMs is between Sarthana and Dream city. This section with 20 stations also has 6.47 KMs of the underground network from Chowk Bazar to Labheshwar Chowk. The second corridor of 18.74 KM is between Bhesan and Saroli and has 18 stations of Rs. 12,020 crores needed for Phase-1 constructions, France’s AFD and Germany’s KFW will provide a soft loan of Rs. 5,434 crores, which can be 57 per cent of the entire cost. The central and state governments will dig in with Rs. 1,487 crores each. Phase-1 of the project is targeted to be completed by March 2024. Over 676 families are expected to be suffering from the Surat Metro project, and therefore the GMRC has sanctioned Rs 375 crore for rehabilitation work. “The on-site identification and finalization of affected families are in process. The actual number of affected families are going to be calculated after the finalization of alignment, on-site demarcation and detailed site survey,” said officials GMRC.