Ahmedabad: The first metro rail in Ahmedabad will roll before October 2017 on the six-km long inaugural stretch of VastralgamApparel Park. The Metro-link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) has already dug 304 piles and 20 out of 76 pillars have already come up. The second stretch, that will be made operational by 2019, will be the 20-km long APMC-Motera stretch.
Another major development is that the old high court premises off Ashram Road will be turned into the main elevated interchange junction on two levels for North-South and East-West corridor of the metro rail – much like Connaught place metro station in New Delhi.
While East-West corridor will be 11 metre high, the North-South corridor will reach a height of 17 metre at this intersection.
“On the North-South corridor, the metro will run on an elevated platform right above the regional railway line running between Vijaynagar-Usmanpura-Gandhig ram till Rajivnagar.From there, it will take a sharp turn towards Jivraj,” says MEGA MD I P Gautam.He adds, “After Jivraj, we are constructing a special underpass at Parimal which will take at least three years to complete, because of its design,” Gautam added.
However, the frantic pace at which the metro construction is going on has also tossed up engineering challenges for MEGA. In the EastWest corridor, the 17-metre high elevated corridor gradually slopes down to a height of 10 metre till Kalupur station. Just before Kalupur, the metro takes a sharp `S’ turn to avoid ASI protected monuments.
Another major challenge for MEGA engineers is that they have hit a water table at just 22 metre depth, while trying to construct an underground station near Gheekanta on Relief Road. This will be come up at the Old Collectorate premises.
“We are planning a 200-metre long underground tunnel to link Gandhi Road to the Gheekanta station. Nearly 30,000 people come here daily, and the tunnel will provide an easy access to Gheekanta station. We will even acquire some land from RC Technical High School to provide easy access to this station,” says Gautam.