Visakhapatnam: The detailed project report (DPR) of the much-awaited Vizag Metro Rail (VMR) project is likely to be submitted to the state government in the next few weeks. The report is presently in its final stage of preparation by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
According to a state government official, who was a part of the VMR team along with DMRC officials, around 85-90% work on the DPR is already over and DMRC will be submitting it sometime this month. DMRC is presently collating information from various studies such as soil test and environmental impact that have been conducted by the respective agencies since March.
“The DPR was supposed to be submitted to the state government by June 15. But the last minute decision to extend the Madhurawada-NAD Junction route up to Gajuwaka delayed the submission,” the AP government official told TOI.
“With the changes, the total metro rail stretch has increased to 45 km, including the 8.1 km of stretch from Madhurawada-NAD Junction to Gajuwaka,” he added.
“For the Vijayawada metro rail project, Rs 206 crore has been estimated as the cost per km. If we go by the same expenditure estimates, the total cost of the Vizag metro rail project will be around Rs 9,270 crore,” the official said, adding that priority will be given to the Madhurawada-Gajuwaka route as it runs parallel to National Highway-16 and vehicular traffic on the route is higher as compared to the other two routes – Gurudwara Junction to Beach Road and Thatichetlapalem to Old Post Office.