Vijayawada: A Chinese delegation representing China Railway 23rd Bureau Group Company Limited Overseas Metro Rail Project headed by its Deputy General Manager Lee Ming visited different locations in Vijayawada and Tullur across the Krishna river on Sunday.
The delegation was in the city on the invitation of the state government to scout the region for investing in the proposed metro rail project in Vijayawada and the New Capital Region (NCR) named as “Amaravathi” by the State Government recently, in a phased manner and also for high speed Metro rail connectivity between Gannavaram Airport and the NCR.
Lee Ming and others explained their company’s track record to Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) commissioner G Veerapandian and showed the brochures and photographs of various projects they had executed in different companies. The company representatives expressed willingness to partner in Vijayawada Metro Rail project. Already the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the metro rail project and the government’s decision as to whom to award the contract of executing the project is awaited.
The delegation visited old bus stand area, Besant Road, Museum Road, Eluru Road, Penamaluru, Gannavaram Airport and Tullur. DMCR Project Director G.P.Ranga Rao, VMC city planner S Chakrapani, executive engineers Bhaskar, Dhanunjay and others were present.
Detailed Project Report
A Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the first phase of the Vijayawada Metro Rail project, estimated to cost Rs. 6,823 crore, has already been submitted to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Principal Advisor and Advisor to A.P. Government on Metro rail projects, E. Sreedharan.
According to the report, Corridor-1 will be linked to the capital city of Amaravati, and Corridor II will be connected to the Gannavaram airport. While, Corridor 1, between Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal and Penamaluru, covers a distance of 12.76 km, Corridor II (Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal to Nidamanuru) covers 13.27 km.
During their visit, the delegation inspected the proposed Metro line track and station points in the city. The delegation also called on Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Commissioner G. Veerapandian. Mr.Ming said the company would complete the Metro rail project in 18 months, if the Corporation provided the necessary assistance. During the meeting, the delegation also discussed the DPR.