अहमदाबाद Ahmedabad (ADI): The Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro rail will have its first set of depots at two major locations in the city. One of these will be built at Gyaspur, which will cater to the needs of north-south corridor and the second at Apparel Park for the east-west corridor. According to the Metrorail Express Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad (MEGA) officials, the locations of the two depots have been finalized.
“The depots are being developed with heavy repair facilities, stabling and light inspection facilities and will have test tracks. MEGA is now in the process of appointing a general engineering consultant for the construction works,” said an official.
MEGA has retained the third rail technology for powering the metro rail instead of overhead power lines. The track will be of the standard gauge. According to the detailed project report prepared by MEGA, the phase-1 is scheduled to be commissioned in October 2018, which includes two distinct routes.
The east-west corridor will consist of double track elevated lines, as between Thaltej Gam Station and Ashram Road that is 7.9km including the portion coming on Sabarmati riverbed. Another double track elevated line will be between Apparel Park Station and Vastral Gam, which is 6.04km. There is an underground stretch of about 7km starting from Shahpur Station and ending at Apparel Park station. The second stretch is the north-south corridor which consists of double track elevated line between APMC station and Ashram Road that is about 6.8km and further a double track elevated line between elevated portion after Ashram Road Station and Motera Station, which is about 8.73km.
“The decision on depots was critical to the metro plan. The construction will begin soon,” said a senior MEGA official.