Vijayawada: The state government has decided to replace the heavy metro with light metro which is also called, Light Rail Technology (LRT), or Light Rapid Transit, extend one of the corridors till Gannavaram airport and add one more corridor from Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) to Jakkampudi colony. With these latest decisions, Vijayawada metro rail will have three corridors of total 40kms.
The decisions were taken based on the report submitted by a public transport expert, Edward Datson, belonging to Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW), a German financial institution, on the feasibility of light metro for Vijayawada city. Datson studied the demography of Vijayawada city and its peripheral areas, among various other aspects, for 15days. He met the chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday and submitted his report. KfW had come forward to fund Vijayawada metro.
With the new changes in the corridors the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) will prepare new DPRs and later call tenders. Datson said that a similar metro is in operation in Gurugram in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the report that was submitted to Naidu on Wednesday also included the details of the interactions that he had with Gurgaon light metro operators.
“Based on Datson’s report and the report submitted by the state government’s high level committee that visited China and Malaysia last month to study alternative public transport systems, the chief minister has taken the crucial decision to establish light metro, which will reduce both the capital cost and the annual operational maintenance cost,” AMRC managing director N P Ramakrishna Reddy told Media.