Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) principal advisor E Sreedharan submitted the detailed project report (DPR) on Vijayawada metro rail to chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Sreedharan informed the chief minister that the first phase of the project will begin by June. By January 1, 2019, one section of the metro rail project should be commissioned, the chief minister said.
Here are some of the highlights
- The Vijayawada metro rail project includes two corridors.
- Corridor 1 (Pandit Nehru bus station to Penamaluru) for 12.76 kms and corridor 2 (Pandit Nehru bus terminal to Nidamanuru) for 13.27 kms.
- Panamaluru is on Bunder road after the Benz circle and Nidamanuru is on Eluru highway before Gannavaram.
- Total estimated cost of the project (till 2019) is Rs 6,823 crore.
- While the corridor 1 will be linked to the capital city of Amaravati, the corridor 2 will be connected to Gannavaram airport.
- Sreedharan said. The total length of the project is 26.03 kms. The cost per kilometre works out to Rs 209 crore. “Whether it will be an elevated corridor or underground system will only be decided during the capital development stage,“ Sreedharan said, adding the underground project per kilometre will cost Rs 500-600 crore against Rs 209 crore per kilometre for elevated corridor.
- Giving a break-up of fares for transportation, the DPR said the cost of the ticket per person is Rs 10 between 0-5 kms, Rs 20 between 5-10kms and Rs 30 if it is above 10 kms.
The DPR mentions that 31.029 hectares of land (both government and private) will be required for the project. The metro rail depot will require 11.34 hectares of land. “The government land along the route may be reserved for property development to fund the project,“ the report says.
Sreedharan said the DPR for Vizag metro will be ready by June. He, however, presented the status report of Vizag metro to the CM.