PM Shri Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of Ahmedabad Metro’s Phase-2 and Surat Metro project

Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India today performed the foundation stone laying ceremony to commence the work of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-2 and Surat Metro Rail Project via video conference.

  • Shri Acharya Devvrat, Hon’ble Governor of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, and Shri Amit Shah, Hon’ble Union Home Minister of India also witnessed the event.
  • Government of India (GoI) and Government of Gujarat (GoG) together decided to create a major infrastructure for urban transportation in Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar and Surat to reduce traffic congestion, pollution, carbon emission, travel time etcetera. 
  • To implement these objectives, Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) Ltd, a Special Purpose Vehicle was set up with the objective to provide safe, fast and eco-friendly rail based mass transit services to the public at affordable rates while simultaneously catalyzing dense and orderly urban growth. 

Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II:

  • Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II is an extension of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-I, connecting Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar. 
  • The total length of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-I is 40.03 kms, out of which, one stretch of 6.5 kms is already functional from March 2019 and the balance 33.5 kms is at an advanced stage which is expected to be completed by August 2022, coinciding with the 75th year of India’s independence.
  • The total completion cost of Phase-II project is Rs.5,384/- crore, Details of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project, Phase-II is as follows:- 
CorridorsTotal Length (KM) Completely Elevated Total Stations (All Elevated) 
Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir 22.83820 
GNLU To GIFT City5.416 2
Total length 28.254 22 
  • The length of Corridor-1 of phase-II is 22.8 Kms from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir which is a completely elevated corridor with 20 state of the art elevated Metro Stations with interchange facility at Koteshwar Road for future provision to connect Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. The length of Corridor-2 is 5.4 Kms from GNLU to GIFT City with 2 elevated stations, having interchange facility at GNLU and a bridge over Sabarmati River. 
  • The population of 62.6 lakh of Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar agglomeration will benefit Gujarat Metro Rail Project Phase II with safe, clean, cheaper and fast mode of transportation. All facilities will be available for differently abled people in metro trains. 

Surat Metro Rail Project:

  • Surat with a population of around 60 lakhs is the fastest growing city in India. The city has no Mass Rapid Transportation System (MRTS), thus GoI and GoG decided to provide MRTS facility in Surat. 
  • Phase-I of Surat Metro Rail Project, with a total length of 40.35 kms comprises two corridors. 
  • Length of Corridor-1 is 21.61 kms and Corridor-2 is 18.74 kms with an estimated completion cost of project Rs.12,020 crore. 
CorridorsTotal Length (KM) Completely ElevatedTotal Stations (All Elevated)
ElevatedUndergroundElevatedUnderground
Sarthana to Dream City15.14 6.47 14 6
Bhesan to Saroli 18.74 18 
Total length 33.88 6.47 326
Grand Total 40.3538 
  • The Corridor-1 is from Sarthana to Dream City, which comprises 14 elevated stations and 6 underground stations with depot at Dream City and the Corridor-2 is from Bhesan to Saroli, which comprises 18 elevated stations with depot at Bhesan. 
  • The Corridor from Dream City Depot to Kadarsha ni Nal of 9.88 Kms (Corridor-1) is being taken up on priority which is having 10 elevated Metro Stations. 
  • With the constant monitoring and guidance by Hon’ble Prime Minister Office and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, this project will provide environment friendly Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) to the historical city of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Surat. 
  • The said Metro Projects are designed in such a way that it will provide environment friendly, comfortable, hassle free connectivity to some major railway stations, bus depots, colleges, schools, offices, residential areas, commercial places, malls and tourist spots of the cities. 

Source: GMRC-Press Release | Image Credit: MoHUA