The state government has issued an order to the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) to appoint a new consultant for the preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Visakhapatnam Metro Rail project. It has also decided to extend the length of the Metro Rail up to 79.91 km, in the first phase.
- The AMRC has also been directed to consult the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the RITES Limited, and the Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) Limited.
- Earlier, the first phase of the metro rail in Visakhapatnam was scheduled to be taken up in three corridors for a length of 46.4 km.
- Now, the corridor proposed from Gajuwaka to Kommadi, will be extended to the upcoming Bhogapuram Airport, from 34.23 km to 67.74 km.
- The other corridors are Gurudwara to the Old Post Office (5.26 km) and Thatichetlapalem to the Rama Krishna Beach Road (6.91 km).
- As part of the second phase of the metro rail project, a 60 km-long trackless tram line has been proposed.
- These trams, which run on virtual tracks on the road, work based on the autonomous rail rapid transit system.
- Sensors on the coaches will identify these virtual tracks.
- The State Government has also authorised the AMRC to invite companies to prepare a DPR for this project as well.