Ahmedabad: Construction for the phase-2 of the Metro rail project between Motera in Ahmedabad and Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, covering a distance of 28.2-km, is expected to begin in June 2020 and completed by 2024, officials said.
- In February, the Union Cabinet had approved phase-2 of the project connecting the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
- Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, on Nov 17 2019, chaired a meeting to know the progress of the metro rail project.
- During the meeting, Mr. SS Rathod, Managing Director, Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) informed him that tenders for extending the metro rail from Motera till Mahatma Mandir will be floated soon, a release issued by the state government said.
- In March this year, during his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation of the project after inaugurating a 6.5-km stretch of phase-1 of the project.
- The release said,”Geotechnical investigation work related to the project was undertaken after its foundation-laying ceremony by the prime minister, for which the Centre approved the state’s request for Rs. 5,384.17 crore fund.”
- It said,”Construction work for the project will begin in June 2020 and is expected to be completed by March 2024.”
- The phase-1 of the project costs around Rs. 10,773 crore, for which Japan has extended a soft loan of Rs. 6,066 crore to the Indian government through its funding agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
- The Gujarat government and the Centre will each contribute Rs. 1,990 crore for the project.
- Phase-1 of the project covers a distance of 40.03 km is expected to be fully operational by 2021.
- The state government in February 2010 had set up GMRC to implement the project.