Jaipur: Metro phase-II to cover 23.5 km, cost ₹4.5K cr

 Metro phase-II will between India Gate and Ambabari will run 23.5 km and cost Rs.4,546 crore.

The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation has invited suggestions and objections after finalising the detailed project report.

The corridor will be 23.51 km having 21 elevated stations. In the revised route, the corporation has diverted the corridor from MI Road after a decision was taken to construct its corridor above the ground level. To make the project feasible, JMRC had decided not to construct any underground tunnel as that would increase the project cost. Elevated corridor cannot be constructed on MI Road and near Ajmeri Gate as there are heritage buildings and structures.

The JMRC has, therefore, diverted the corridor towards Ashok Marg and the train would reach Maharani’s College and SMS Hospital on Tonk Road via Ashok Marg.

The DPR stated that the corridor runs from South to North. It connects different areas like Sitapura Industrial Area, Shatabdi Nagar, Pratap Nagar, Sanganer, Sitabari, Bapu Nagar, Rambagh, C Scheme, Chandpole, Bani Park, Sirampura, Ambabari, Prominent hospitals like SMS Hospital, Apollo Spectra, Zanana and also connects Jaipur International Airport.

Sources said the nearest station from the airport will be B2 bypass station. “Between airport and B2 bypass station, there will be a distance of at least 600 metre as elevated road construction is restricted in the area for security reasons. “It is proposed to develop a dedicated corridor between Sanganer station and airport on surface where battery operated vehicles could be made operational,” a source added.

An official source at JMRC said, “The state government should take up phase-II project as it would be more beneficial for the city in reducing congestion. The estimated ridership of Phase -II would be over 2,08,926 by 2031.” The JMRC had earlier appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to review the detailed project report of Jaipur Metro phase-II. “After terminating the contract of French company EGIS Rail SA, the corporation appointed DMRC for reviewing a revised DPR and bringing down the cost. In the DPR, DMRC has mentioned an estimated cost of Rs.4,546 crore,” an official said.

Officials said, in the DPR prepared in 2014, it was mentioned that the project required land worth Rs.875 crore and construction cost to the tune of Rs.9,500 crore. But a rigorous exercise was conducted to bring down the cost.

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