In a historic move that will revolutionize inter-city travel, the Gujarat Government has finalized the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro Rail project. With a route length of 76 kms, the total cost of the project is Rs. 15,000 crore. This project is developed with an aim to provide world class, comfortable, safe and quick travel between Gujarat’s capital (Gandhinagar) and its largest city (Ahmedabad).
The route covering eastern Ahmedabad is divided into two parts: Route-1: Starting from Paldi, the first route will lead to Civil hospital covering Jamalpur, Danilimada, Chandola lake, Isanpur, Ghodasar, Hatakeshwar, Rakhiyal, Ajit mill, Bapunagar and Memco sports complex (mainly elevated). This route will be 22.8 kms.
Route-2: starting from Jamalpur, will lead to vadaj covering the heavy traffic areas like Gita Mandir, Kalupur railway station and civil hospital (underground). This route would be 6 kms.
The route covering western Ahmedabad is: APMC, Vasna, Anjali, Paldi, Parimal garden, Panjara pol, vijay cross road, Navrang six-roads, from Usmanpura to Vadaj, will lead to Gandhinagar via Ranip Sabarmati railway station. The length of this route is around 16 kms.
Giving details of the project, Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel said that it became necessary to develop a speedy and safe public commutation mechanism considering the fast and all-round development and large scale industrial projects taking place in and around Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar under the farsighted leadership of Shri Narendra Modi. After the BRTS project for Ahmedabad city, the government is now resolute to gift the metro rail facility, which will provide the best alternate for commutation to the lakhs of people of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
“A high-power committee was entrusted the task of finalization of route with a view to expediting the work of this ambitious project. The committee then visited the entire route between the two cities, held meetings on different levels and has finalized the metro rail project route”, Mr.Patel said.
Urban Development Minister said that total length of metro rail project route will be 76 km, out of which the Ahmedabad city route will be of 44 km. and the route connecting Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar will be of 32 km.
The route connecting Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar will cover areas from AEC junction to Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar. Starting from AEC the route will cover Sabarmati, Visat petrol pump, IIT Gandhinagar, Tapovan circle, Koba circle, crossing the state highway-71 and going parallel to Kasturbhai campus, Koba village, PDPU, Raysan village, Dholakuva and finally entering Gandhinagar via Ch road. In Gandhinagar the route will cover Ch-2, Ch-3, Chh road, Police Bhavan, Sachivalaya to Akshardham, while for Mahatma Mandir there will be a separate route from Ch-3 to Pathikashram, reaching to Mahatma Mandir via Kh-3. This entire route will be of around 32 km.
Mr.Patel said that two separate routes are also proposed for connecting GIFT city and Ahmedabad International Airport. Out of this, one route will reach to airport via AEC junction, Motera and hansol. The other route will go via Kasturbhai campus, going parallel to Sabarmati river, covering GNLU and reaching to GIFT city crossing the Sabarmati river.
The state government is in consultation with the technical experts and has initiated the process of phase-wise implementation of the project. Different tasks related to this project include mono-pile testing, finalization of DPR and various technical surveys, which are on the verge of completion, said Mr. Patel.
In the last decade, Shri Narendra Modi has dreamt of providing Gujarat’s cities with top class facilities be it in the field of infrastructure, transportation or giving a facelift to the cultural landscape of the city.
Some of Shri Modi’s efforts towards strengthening urban development can be seen in the manner in which the Sabarmati Riverfront has development. Earlier known as a ground to play cricket or hold circuses, the Sabarmati Riverfront is today a vibrant blend of culture, recreation as well as aesthetic charm. Recently, KPMG declared the project among the 100 most innovative projects among the world.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is the proud recipient of a special mention in the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2012 for development in the field of urban development. In giving the special mention, the prize officials cited the Sabarmati Riverfront, the BRTS and the Kankaria Lake Redevelopment as fine examples of urban development.
Ahmedabad’s BRTS Janmarg has already made a mark for itself as a transport system that has revolutionized urban transport by providing comfortable and cost effective travel to the citizens of Ahmedabad.
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