Bhopal Metro: Priority corridor gets new focus

Detailed design construction for Bhopal metro depot is complete, paving the way for more speedy development of priority corridor from AIIMS to Subhash Nagar, according to Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited sources.

The depot development would cost an estimated Rs 350 crore. It would be constructed at Stud Farms, near Subhash Nagar. It is expected to coincide with the construction of eight elevated Bhopal metro stations from AIIMS to Subhash Nagar. The latter is set into motion with the Urban development ministry setting new guidelines, which are being followed to the tee in Bhopal too. Stringent conditions with requirement of similar works are being looked into as selection of agency for development is at an advanced stage.

According to MPMRCL, civil work is almost 70% complete under Package-01 was in October 2018. The metro elevated section can be along the road connecting MP Nagar to AIIMS Bhopal.

The stretch is about 14.99 km long Purple Line (Karond Circle – AIIMS). Short term and long term urban landscape in the city is set to change after Bhopal metro becomes operational. The operational launch of the first phase of Bhopal metro is expected to be in August 2023, according to MPMRCL estimates.

The current focus is on design and construction of elevated metro rail stations, which includes viaduct portions within the stations and transition spans on either side. The eight stations would be at AIIMS, Alkapuri, Habibganj Naka, Habibganj, MP Nagar Zone-1, Arera Hills intersection, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Subhash Nagar. MPMRCL invited bids for the contract in March this year with an estimated cost of Rs 421 crore and completion target date is 847 days. Technical evaluation is limited to four main bidders. Stringent terms include previous work experiences. For instance, for a single project of the same nature should have been with a cost overlay of Rs 370 crore.

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