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Govt of India Approval for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-1

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-1 covering a length of 35.96 km at a total project cost of Rs. 10,773 crore.  The details are given below:- i.            Phase-1 will cover a length of 35.96km along two corridors viz. North-South Corridor covering 15.42 km from APMC to Motera Stadium and East-West Corridor covering 20.54 km from Thaltej Gam to Vastral Gam. ii.            Total project cost of Rs.10,773 crore with Govt. of India contribution of Rs. 1,990 crore in the form of equity and subordinate debt. iii.            Project to be implemented by Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Ltd., which will be converted into a 50:50 jointly owned company of the Government of India and Govt. of Gujarat. iv.            Project to be covered under the legal framework of the Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978; the Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002; and the Railways Act, 1989, as amended from time to time. The proposed two alignments are expected to provide much needed connectivity to the commuters and would traverse through some of the densest and traffic congested areas of Ahmedabad. It will considerably reduce traffic congestion and will bring in fast, comfortable, safe, pollution-free and affordable mass transportation system for the people of Ahmedabad. This would in turn contribute to further development and prosperity of the area. Development and prosperity of Ahmedabad will also contribute to the prosperity and development of the nation. The Ahmedabad Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 6.3 million will be benefitted. Out of the total project cost of Rs.10,773 crore, the Government of India will contribute  Rs. 1,990 crore in the form of equity and subordinate debt. Background: Ahmedabad is the seventh largest metropolis in India and accounts for 12 percent of the population of Gujarat.  The region has witnessed a growth rate of 2.25 percent over the last decade. At present, Ahmedabad is the district headquarters and the High Court and many offices of the Central Government are also located there. The future forecast of population based on the projections done as a part of the Integrated Mobility Plan for the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Region, 2031 projects the population as 1.1 crore for the horizon year of 2043. About 70 percent of this population will be residing in the Ahmedabad Metropolitan Corporation (AMC) area. Bus augmentation will not be able to cater to the increased public transit load and passengers will shift to private modes which is already evident from the high vehicle ownership trend in the region. This would not only aggravate congestion on the streets but also increase pollution. Hence, a Metro Rail System in Ahmedabad has become essential.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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