Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project will be taken up in three phases during which work on corridors in different routes would be commenced, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Botcha Satyanarayana announced on November 30.
- Surveying the different routes for the project, a comprehensive plan would soon be readied to take up the metro rail project in the city at an estimated cost of Rs 8,300 crore, the minister said.
- Further, he mentioned that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was according top priority to developing Visakhapatnam on the lines of Mumbai and Chennai.
- Amaravati Metro Rail project Managing Director Ramakrishna Reddy has been entrusted the project of Vizag Metro.
- A master metro rail plan for the area has been prepared by Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
- In the phase-1, the highway corridor will be extended until the Vizag Steel Plant, instead of ending at Gajuwaka.
- The conditions of the bidding process allow AMRC with a right to increase or decrease the length of the project by 15%.
- However, as per the direction of the state government, the AMRC has taken a decision of extending the project to 46.42 km.
- The length of the other two corridors— Old Post Office Junction to Gurudwara Junction (5.29 km) and Thatchipalem to China Waltair (6.91 km) will remain as per the original plan.
- The second phase of the project will cover 77.31 km and the third phase will cover 16.4 km stretching from Rushikonda to Bheemili.