AP Monorail Corporation Ltd to be formed

monorail12Hyderabad: AP Govt plans to form a Special Purpose Vehicle by forming a AP State Mono Rail Corporation Limited (APMRCL) to implement monorail projects in AP. AP has been planning for monorail systems connecting the circuit cities of Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali, Warangal-Hanumakonda-Kazipet, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam etc. The SPV will be fully owned by the State Government and the Chief Minister is all likely to nominate a Chairman of the company shortly. It is expected to be officially formed by the end of 2013.

The decision to form an SPV to implement monorail projects in Andhra Pradesh will also be taken by the State Cabinet and the administrative sanction will be accorded shortly. The state government is about to issue orders entrusting the projects to APMRCL soon the corporation is formed.

Recently the State Government has urged the Urban Development and Housing (UDH) Department for inching towards a Greater Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali Monorail Corridor. In a recent meeting held in Hyderabad, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh gave directions to prepare the feasibility report for the Engineering Project India Limited (EPIL), a company interested to join on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The state government is already planning to launch the Metro Railway project in Vizag under PPP model. It is also learnt that a draft project report (DPR) for the Monorail Project to connect Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali has been prepared by the firm.

A senior AP State Government official said, “A team of engineers from EPIL would conduct a survey soon. The teams will ascertain the route for the monorail where it will be feasible. The state government is planning to introduce monorail on PPP model.”

Sources said that AP State Cabinet will approach DMRL for signing an agreement that would make the latter the general consultant for the monorail projects in Andhra Pradesh who will be will be responsible for the design, preparation of the bid document, shortlisting, and selection of contractors, supervision, and quality certification.