AHMEDABAD: Gujarat chief minister on Wednesday reviewed the progress of the Rail project near its underground site and directed the authorities to complete the Metro’s stretch from Vastral Gam to Apparel Park on priority basis and start its trial run in January 2019.
Rupani was told that the viaduct atop the pillars on Vastral-Apparel Park stretch has been completed, while work is in progress for the track and traction, as well as on six stations on this stretch.
While 33.5km of the 40km Metro lines will be elevated, 6.5km will be underground.
Since the underground portion of the Metro passes through the old city’s crowded areas with people living in old structures, Rupani directed the authorities to ensure no damage to the people’s property and existing structures, and least inconvenience to people’s movement.
He said the Centre has approved the project as it passes through ten protected monuments falling under this route.
The Metro is envisaged as an alternative to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s growing traffic problem for public transportation. Out of Rs 10,700 crore project cost, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is extending Rs 6,000 crore loan.
There will be 32 stations on the Metro tracks being laid in two corridors – East-West and North-South. The two kilometre long viaduct on the western end of the East-West Corridor is ready, whereas work on another 2km stretch is under progress.
The work is in progress for another bridge being built across Sabarmati river near Gandhi Bridge from where the elevated viaduct will enter the tunnel near Shahpur beneath the old city area. Four Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) are working on two up and down tunnels, having completed 0.65km.
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