Cabinet likely to approve Rs.10675 Crore Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Phase-I Metro Line

अहमदाबाद Ahmedabad (ADI): The Union cabinet is likely to approve the first phase of the Rs. 10,675 crore Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro project on Wednesday. The 35.3 km line would include a 28.2 km elevated and a 7 km underground section. It will have 32 stations. There will be two corridors in the first phase — one in the north-south direction between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad and the second in the east-west direction between Thaltej to Vastral.

The Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro has been in the works for a while now. In 2010, a Special Purpose Vehicle — Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Limited was constituted to implement the project.

The Centre had earlier rejected the detailed project report (DPR) for the line prepared by the state government. However last year a fresh DPR was prepared by MEGA which was approved by the Union urban development ministry. It was only recently that the finance ministry gave its go ahead to the project. Earlier in July, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the 2014-15 budget had also announced allocation of Rs.100 Crore for the Ahmedabad Metro.

Sources said that multilateral agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency has agreed to provide a long-term loan of Rs.5900 Crore for the first phase.