AP state says no to Centre’s Metro Rail policy, formulates its own

AMARAVATI: The state government of Andhra Pradesh is differing with Union government’s new Metro Rail policy and is formulating its own innovative model for successful implementation of Metro Rail projects in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. The government is of belief that the new policy, which has mandated public-private partnership, will not work out for low-density populated cities (below 20 lakh population) and is aimed to decrease investment burden on Centre.

As the state government has prior information on Centre’s move towards new metro policy, Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (AMRCL) has been working on a new model. But it is unsure on getting Centre’s assistance to the metro projects with the implementation of AP’s model.

As per the proposed new model of AP, State government will bear cost of civil works part that building of metro corridors, stations and other infrastructure. Remaining 50 per cent cost for O&M such as electrical, mechanical and other maintenance will be left to private partner. “It will easy to take up O&M part to private partners as the cost will be reduced by 50 per cent” AMRCL managing director N P Ramakrishna Reddy told.

As per Centre’s new policy, public-private partnership (PPP) for entire project has been made mandatory for availing Centre’s grant for new metro projects. The policy stipulated a shift from the present “Financial Internal Rate of Return of eight per cent” to “Economic Internal Rate of Return (EIRR) of 14 per cent”. Besides, Centre’s grant has been reduced to 10 per cent.

In the old policy, Centre and State governments grant 20 per cent each of total project cost and remaining 60 per cent had to be obtained from private financial institutes. “If we procure the 10 per cent funds (Centre’s part), we can implement metro projects as per our wish” said a senior officer.

“The proposed PPP model will not be success. Private companies will not come forward to take up metro projects under the PPP model as huge amount must be spent for civil works. The new policy is aimed only to cut Centre’s funding to metro projects. In this scenario, we are preparing a model in which the state government will bear cost of civil works” said Ramakrishna Reddy.

Experts opine that the condition of 14 per cent EIRR will also be forced on state governments for manipulation as it is difficult to attain over 8 per cent EIRR. “Increasing losses to governments due to low EIRR of metro projects is one of the reason behind bringing the new policy,” added Ramakrishna Reddy.

“Centre is of the view that states see the metro projects as prestige to them and send DPRs for low-density populated cities such as Bhopal, Indore and Patna ignoring viability of the projects. Centre’s new metro policy may resist such kind of proposals,” said Ramakrishna Reddy.

UMTC’s bid approved for DPR on Vijayawada Metro Mass Transit system

VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh State government on Wednesday approved the bid submitted by the Gurgaon-based Urban Mass Transit Company Ltd. (UMTC) for preparing the Detailed Project Report for the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) and the Integrated Public Transport (IPT) Plan for the Vijayawada Metro Rail Project.

The Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation Limited (AMRCL) had been entrusted with the implementation of the Vijayawada Mass Transit System for the Vijayawada Metropolitan area along the identified 26-km alignment from the Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) to Nidamanuru and the PNBS to Penamaluru.

The NMT and the IPT plans were required to make the public transport system an efficient one and encourage a large number of commuters to use it.

Sreedharan quits AP Metro Rail Corp citing “Old Age”

VIJAYAWADA: India’s ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, who was working as Advisor to the Andhra Pradesh government on metro rail projects, has submitted his resignation to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

“Yes, I had submitted a resignation on July 1. I tendered the resignation because of my old age, which has made it difficult for me to travel to Andhra Pradesh frequently. Besides that, the work pressure was also more”, said Sreedharan.

Sreedharan, who was Principal Advisor to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), was in 2015 called in to oversee the Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada metro rail projects.

Quoting sources, The New Indian Express reported that Sreedharan tendered his resignation due to differences with Naidu.

The newspaper report also claimed that Sreedharan did not get an appointment with the CM, even after trying for a month.

However, when asked about it, he told The News Minute that he did not want to comment on the issue, and insisted that it was his old age that led him to resign.

A History of Delays

In September 2015, Sreedharan submitted detailed project reports (DPRs) to Chandrababu Naidu, in the presence of the then Union Urban Development Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu.

At the time, the Chief Minister had told mediapersons that both projects would be completed by December 2018.

The metro project in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam was estimated to cost Rs 12,727 crore, while the one in Vijayawada would cost Rs 6,769 crore, Chandrababu Naidu had said.

However, almost two years later, the state government is still in the phase of considering proposals.

Breaking down the numbers related to the Vijayawada metro project, Sreedharan had said that the project comprised of two corridors. Corridor 1 (Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal to Penamaluru) was proposed to be 12.76 km long and corridor 2 (Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal to Nidamanuru) was expected to be 13.27 km long.

It was also stated that corridor 1 would be linked to the capital city of Amaravati, while corridor 2 would be connected to Gannavaram airport.

After the project barely progressed for two years, in May 2017, the Union Finance Ministry refused to approve the Vijayawada metro rail project, stating that the Centre did not find it financially viable.

“Vijayawada metro would not be able to match the peak passengers-per-hour-per-direction (called ‘ridership’) requirement, which is minimum 20,000 in a single direction, for at least the next two-and-a-half decades”, said a Senior official, Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC).

This directly contradicted what Venkaiah Naidu had said in 2015, that though Vijayawada did not meet the population criteria for taking up the metro project, the central government had granted an exemption.

Even the Chief Minister completely changed his trajectory.

Last month, the AMRC met Chandrababu Naidu to discuss alternative transportation proposals for Vijayawada.

They proposed the use of LRT, stating that it was more flexible and profitable than the metro.

The LRT system, one of the most avant-garde technologies operating in Germany and France, allows for increasing the number of cars, and hence, frequency, depending on the footfall, while the metro train system is more rigid” as per the Press Release from CM’s Office.

Venkaiah Naidu said, “Every person in the city must travel a maximum of 30 minutes to reach their regular destinations. The transportation system must be efficient and pollution-free.”

Even the Visakhapatnam metro rail project has made no headway.

Though proposed in 2014, ahead of the Vijayawada metro rail, the state government reportedly did not allocate funds for the project.

As of March this year, the project was awaiting an in-principle nod from the Centre, after submitting the DPRs.
Even in June this year, officials maintained that they were awaiting the Centre’s Metro Rail Policy to be implemented, following which the DPR would head to the Finance Ministry for approval.

With the future of both proposals of the metro rail projects looking bleak, it would seem that Vijayawada’s residents only have a ‘Light Metro’ to look forward to.

In the first week of August, a team of experts from German development bank KfW met the Andhra Chief Minister and proposed an alternative mode of transport — a train operated on light rails that runs at an average speed of 35 kmph.
Stating that the LMR could be extended to Amaravati and Gannavaram airport for a much cheaper cost, experts told the state government that land acquisition rates would also be lower.

KfW expert begins work on alternatives to Amaravati Metro Rail

VIJAYAWADA: The exploring of possible alternatives to the proposed metro rail in Vijayawada city gathered pace with a team of the German development bank, KfW, led by urban transport planner Edward Datson from Australia, taking stock of the original plans in a meeting with Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) managing director N.P. Ramakrishna Reddy here on Wednesday.

Mr. Reddy told that Mr. Datson would make a detailed analysis of various transport systems studied by Municipal Administration Minister P. Narayana and Principal Secretary R. Karikal Valaven and other officials in a fortnight.

The KfW will then submit its findings on the feasibility of the metro rail planned in two corridors — Pandit Nehru Bus Station and Nidamanur and PNBS and Penamalur, and suggest an alternative that is cost-effective and best suits the local conditions, especially the norm related to passengers per hour in a direction.

Vijayawada metro falls short on two counts — financial internal rate of return and the number of passengers likely to use the system at a given point of time.

In fact, these are the shortcomings that are holding back the NITI Aayog from giving its nod to the metro rail, forcing the State government to look for alternatives.

There has also been an inordinate delay on the part of the Public Investment Board (Ministry of Finance) in giving clearance.

As a consequence, Mr. Narayana and others visited China, Malaysia and other countries, where they studied various modes of public transport, including the expensive Maglev (magnetic levitation) trains and electric bus-ways.

It was only a couple of days ago Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu instructed the officials to check whether a light rail would be enough to meet the short-term requirements and whether it is scalable in future while waiting for the finalisation of the Central government’s new metro rail policy.

Deliberations on the whole picture with government’s adviser E. Sreedharan are due for quite some time.

German Bank to Sanction ₹2,500 Crore for Amaravati Metro Rail

A.P. Government to begin work on the project soon, says Minister for Municipal Administration, Govt.of AP.

VIJAYAWADA: German bank KfW has agreed to sanction a loan of ₹ 2,500 crore for the much-publicised metro rail project in the city. With this, the State government is contemplating starting the work shortly.

The government proposes to construct two corridors with a length of 26 km. While one corridor will come up covering 12.5 km, the other will cover 13.5 km.

Phase-I by 2018

Another metro project, which was planned for Visakhapatnam, would be taken up on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The government is proposing to construct two corridors in Visakhapatnam. The other two corridors are from Gurudwara to the Old Post Office and Tatichetlapalem to Park Hotel. The Visakhapatnam project is envisaged for completion by 2019.

Municipal Administration Minister P.Narayana on Thursday said the the government was planning to complete the phase-I in Vijayawada before 2018.

After opting out of the proposal to approach the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for loan, the State government is heavily banking on funding by the German and French development banks KfW and Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) to put the Metro project on track.

The government is expecting a loan of ₹4,000 crore from these banks, which have in-principle approved the loan. They are yet to work out individual contributions.

The Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) held talks with various external funding agencies, including the European Investment Bank, World Bank and Asian agencies. The government also explored the ‘green route’ and planned to tap funds through the Climate Bonds Initiative, a U.K.-based non-profitable organisation.

The government opted out of JICA loan as it made clear that the soft loan would be ‘tied’ loan and insisted that 30 per cent of the loan component must be utilised for procurement of the rolling stock from Japan.

Logos invited

The Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation Limited (AMRCL) has invited logos for the prestigious project, to be submitted by February 20.

In a press release, AMRCL Managing Director N.P. Ramakrishna Reddy said there were about 165 metro rail and 450 light metro rail projects in the world and each one of them had its logo.

The logo for Amaravati should depict the Sunrise State, a train, tracks, water and greenery and local cultural traits / icons reflecting Amaravati history.

The best design will be awarded Rs.50000 and the second best design Rs.30000 and the third one Rs.20000. No prize money will be given for other contenders.

The art work/graphic designs can be submitted as hard copies, or soft copies through e-mail info@amrc.co.in

Details of AMRC can be seen on the website http://www.amrc.co.in

French, German agencies take stock of Amaravati Metro Rail project

Collector of Krishna District says the Metro Rail project requires 76.92 acres, of which 68.32 acres is private property.

VIJAYAWADA: Senior executives of KfW and AFD took stock of the progress of land acquisition for the Amaravati metro rail project and funding issues at a meeting with Krishna District Collector Babu A., Municipal Commissioner G. Veerapandian and Amaravati Metro Railway Corporation (AMRC) Managing Director N.P. Ramakrishna Reddy, at the AMRC office here on Tuesday.

KfW is a development bank owned by the German government and AFD is the main implementing agency for France’s official development assistance to developing countries.

Addressing the delegates, Mr. Babu said the project required total 76.92 acres, of which 68.32 acres is private property and the rest belongs to the government.

The land was being acquired with the consent of owners and alternative lands shown to them. Houses are being sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and NTR Housing Scheme, Mr. Babu said, adding loans were being extended under the MUDRA scheme to people losing employment. Mr. Veerapandian explained the city development plans with due emphasis on expanding the road network.

Land acquisition

Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy told that the Collector promised to complete the land acquisition in two months and preliminary notices were being issued for that. Of the total funding, KfW was likely to provide $ 300 million and AFD over $ 100 million.

Joint Collector G. Chandrudu said the land acquisition was going on at the desired pace with the involvement of settlement and rehabilitation officers.

The KfW team comprised Robert Volkovic, P. Rooney, Julia Scholtes, Usha Rao and D. Skambracks and the AFD delegation consisted of Mathieu Verdure, S.B. Srinivasan, Herve Dubreuil and Rajnish Ahuja.

Vizag and Vijayawada Metro Rail projects yet to take off

Visakhapatnam/Vijayawada: “The Government of India shall examine the feasibility of Metro Rail facility in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali Metropolitan Urban Development Authority within period of one year from the appointed day and take an expeditious decision thereon.” – A.P. Reorganisation Act 2014.

Much before the A.P. Reorganisation Act 2014 was published on March 1 promised examining the feasibility of Metro Rail in Visakhapatnam, an exercise had begun on mass transit for the city.

The Working Group on Urban Transport constituted by the Planning Commission has given guidelines on option of mass transport, including Metro, for cities with a population of above 20 lakh as per the census of 2011. The MoUD (Ministry of Urban Development) took a decision to support preparation of detailed project reports.

Population benchmark

After lowering the population benchmark for Metro rail network from 40 lakh to 20 lakh, a letter was written to the Government of India on the scope of approval for survey in early 2013. With the growth in population and merger of neighbouring areas the population was expected to touch the 2 million mark in the next few years meeting the benchmark.

The City Development Plan also suggested Metro Rail Project on a length of 43 km that includes part of the corridors later finalised for Metro.

As early as in 2009, the Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU) conducted a review of the Urban Transport Sector and suggested an integrated transport system stating that the travel demand will increase from 2 million motorised trips to 4 million a day by 2021.

The report was prepared in 2009 and now 2021 is not far away.

In the backdrop of all these factors, Visakhapatnam was one of the three cities selected by UNEP for Low Carbon Mobility Plan.

Envisaging future business districts in Gajuwaka, Pendurti and Madhurawada, it suggested mass transit corridors on a stretch of 47.23 km.

In its initial efforts, GVMC sought approval from MoUD through GoAP to initiate Metro Rail Project Preparation activities like detailed feasibility study/detailed project report as per the Metro Rail Policy, 2013 and its support to prepare DPR/feasibility report.

After the approval, consultants were invited for carrying out a survey and the State Government’s approval sought to form a committee for evaluation comprising DMRC and SEPT University of Ahmedabad and officials. But it did not materialise.

In the initial days after the Reorganisation Act was passed GVMC officials were euphoric stating that with the special category status Metro Rail would be funded to the extent of 90 % by the Centre.

After the elections in 2014, the State Government has appointed DMRC as interim consultant for its Metro Rail project and Metro Man E. Sridharan as its advisor on Metro projects.

DMRC prepares DPR

A Detailed Project Report was prepared by DMRC covering three corridors. Though initially it covered up to NAD Junction from Kommadi, it was later extended to Gajuwaka on representations from MLAs. The other two corridors are from Gurudwara to Old Post Office and Tatichetlapalem to Park Hotel. The ₹2.5 crore cost of preparing the DPR was footed equally by the Central and State Governments.

The DPR was submitted to the government in August/September 2015 for 42.55 km – up to Gajuwaka- and after Cabinet approval it was sent to the Union Government.

The Union Government called for remarks which are being replied to by Amaravti Metro Rail Corporation under which Vizag Metro comes now.

The Union Government also advised to go in for public private participation mode for Vizag Metro.

The project is envisaged for completion in four years from Oct, 2015 i.e, by 2019.

French & German firms to visit the Vijayawada in Feb for funding Amaravati Metro

The State government had already released Rs 300 crore for land acquisition for the project.

Vijayawada: Funding agencies from France and Germany will  be visiting the capital city again in the second week of February. Their proposed meeting with Amaravati Metro Development Authority officials is generating interest among the top bosses of the government, as they are worried about the recent protests at Nidamanuru over the land acquisition for Metro Rail works.

Two funding agencies from Germany and France have visited the capital city on November 10 to have a dialogue with Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) authorities. After JICA’s exit from investing in the project, the AMRC has been exerting all efforts to find out a meaningful investment partner and as part of it, representatives from KFW of Germany and AFD of France have visited the capital city. In fact, the state government has released Rs 300 crore for Vijayawada Metro Rail project in August last. The release of funds will help start the project.

AMRC MD N. Ramakrishna Reddy said that Mr Dubreuil Herve, Ms Rima LeCoguic and Mr Matthieu Verdure from AFD, and Ms Usha Rao, Mr Robert Valkovic and Ms Julia Scholtes from KFW have visited the capital city in November last for a dialogue over granting the loan or financial assistance worth Rs 4,000 crore. “They are visiting again in the second week of February to have a review over the progress of the project,” Mr Ramakrishna Reddy said.

In fact, a four-member Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) team inspected the proposed metro corridors in the city in the month of April. Mr Ramakrishna Reddy, who accompanied the team, said that the JICA loan of Rs 4,200 crore would be released by July. The loan was being given with a moratorium of 10 years was the condition then. However, the JICA has incorporated too many conditions later, which prompted the AMRC to drop the idea of sailing with them and the AMRC declared that it in August.

The State government had already released Rs 300 crore for land acquisition for the project, according to the AMRC managing director. The JICA team reportedly expressed willingness to sanction loan to the tune of Rs 3,600 crore prior to their visit in February. But, the AMRC sought the increase in the funding and sanction Rs 5,000 crore. However, the JICA team then only gave a clarity that it has not financed more than Rs 4,000 crore to this kind of project elsewhere in the world.

Amaravati Metro to borrow Rs.1859 Crore to pool State Govt. share

Amaravati: The Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) will avail a loan of Rs.1,859 crore to pool the State government’s share in the Vijayawada Metro rail project.

The State government equity is Rs.1,163 crore in two corridors of Metro rail estimated to cost Rs.7,212 crore. The government will have to bear additional burden towards land cost, R&R cost, and the State government taxes taking the total equity to Rs.2,159 crore. Of this, the government had already released Rs. 300 crore.

Sovereign guarantee: The AMRC will borrow loan to the tune of Rs.1,860 crore towards the government equity. The government will give sovereign guarantee to the loan borrowed by the AMRC.

The G.O. 339 accorded permission to the AMRC to avail bank loan from either Hudco or any other banking institution which offers said loan at lesser rate of interest.

The State government’s investment towards equity contribution of 20 per cent is Rs.1,163 crore. The land acquisition and R&R is Rs.550 crore. The establishment and other charges of AMRC are Rs.100 crore. Consultancy charges of the DMRC (with 15 per cent service tax) are Rs.346 crore. The total cost to borne by the government is Rs.2,159 crore.

The AMRC estimates that the land acquisition (LA) cost will be Rs.300 crore during 2016-17 and Rs.200 crore in 2017-18. Likewise, the LA expenditure will be Rs. 40 crore in 2018-19 and Rs. 10 crore during 2019-20. The equity contribution will be Rs. 400 crore each during 2017-18 and 2018-19. And, it will be Rs. 350 crore during 2019-20 and Rs. 13 crore during Rs. 2020-21.

The GO, however, lacks clarity on repayment of the loan. It merely says, “The Managing Director AMRC., Vijayawada, has also requested for according State sovereign guarantee for repayment of the loan amount…. Government also here by convey sovereign guarantee for repayment of loan of Rs. 1859 crore.”

It is not clear whether the AMRC has proposed that it would repay the loan or the government will have to repay the loan borrowed by it. The AMRC is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) incorporated in 2015 for implementation of the Vijayawada Metro Rail project.

French, German delegations discuss Amaravathi Metro Rail project

Vijayawada: A six-member delegation comprising the top brass of the French development financial institution AFD (Agence Francaise Development) and the German bank KfW met Krishna District Collector Babu A. and Municipal Commissioner G. Veerapandian here on Thursday and discussed the modalities of the implementation of the metro rail project in Vijayawada.

The French team comprised Rima Le Coguic (Head of Transport Division), Mathieu Verdure (Transport Division) and Hervé Dubreuil (Deputy Director, AFD, Delhi) and the German delegation was represented by Usha Rao (Senior Sector Specialist) Robert Valkovic (Principal Project Manager) and Julia Scholtes (Program Manager).

Mr. Babu said 69 acres was to be acquired for the project and that the government was ready to make the payments. Metro railway alignment design was drafted in the purview of 11 villages in Vijayawada urban and rural mandals. The Collector informed the visitors how land had been acquired for the linking of Krishna and Godavari rivers and compensation was paid to the owners of land taken over for the construction of the Durga flyover.

Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) Managing Director N.P. Ramakrishna Reddy said land acquisition was going on at a brisk pace and due credit for it should go to the concerted efforts made by the district administration.

Mr. Veerapandian gave a presentation on the Smart City pilot project being implemented by CISCO, replacement of conventional street lights with LED lights and other initiatives. AMRC Project Director Radhakrishna Reddy and District Revenue Officer Ch. Rangaiah were among those present.

Amaravati Metro drops JICA, teams up with DMRC

Amaravathi Metro RailAmaravati: The Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) has opted out of the proposal to approach the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for about Rs.3,500 crore loan after the Japanese agency put forth a fresh condition.

It instead signed an agreement with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday for the execution of the metro rail project on a turnkey basis. “The agreement has been signed for a period of four years. By February 2019, we expect to put the priority corridor between Nidamanur and Pandit Nehru Bus Station into trial run operation,” AMRC Managing Director N. Ramakrishna Reddy told on Tuesday.

Mr. Reddy said release of funds to the tune of Rs. 300 crore by the State Government for land acquisition had given impetus for initiating the process of calling the tenders.

JICA conditions

JICA has so far been extending soft loans at around 0.3 per cent interest rate to cities like Chennai and Bengaluru without any conditions. This is called ‘untied’ loan which means that the receiving party can call for global tenders and procure various works without limiting to a particular country.

“Unfortunately, from this year onwards, JICA has made this soft loan as ‘tied’ loan insisting that 30 per cent of the loan component we receive must be utilised for procurement of rolling stocks from Japan only,” AMRC Managing Director N. Ramakrishna Reddy told on Tuesday.

There are other hassles as well. When the AMRC spelt out its plan to utilise the services of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as a servicing agency, the JICA put a condition that it would appoint a general consultant above the DMRC for supervision. “That will be a costly affair,” says Mr. Reddy.

He said the AMRC had appealed to the JICA to have a general consultant appointed with a limited role of supervision of quality works which had not been heeded to.

“I have been constantly in touch with the Director, JICA, Tokyo and Director, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan from June 2 this year. In spite of repeated reminders, there is no proper response from their side. Since time is running out, we decided to drop JICA and go ahead with DMRC consultancy for execution of the project on a turnkey basis, duly utilising other external funding agencies,” said Mr. Reddy.

Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation to tie up with DMRC

Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation will be the full-fledged owner of the project

Amaravati Metro RailAmaravati: The Andhra Pradesh State government has asked the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation, the apex agency for administering the metro rail project in the new capital region Amaravati (comprising of Vijayawada-Guntur-Mangalagiri-Tenali urban localities), to finalise the conditions of the revised draft agreement with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation which had been appointed as the executing agency for the project and enter into an agreement for executing the project on turnkey basis.

The government had made AMRC would be the full-fledged owner of the project and it will have a role in the finalisation of all the major contracts and provisions specified in the draft agreement enabling it to have sufficient control over the project. The Vijayawada metro project is yet to receive concurrence from the Government of India and the government, in its draft guidelines, stressed the need for entering into a tripartite agreement involving the DMRC, the State and Central governments.

The government said, in the order issued on Friday, that the Central government would have 50 per cent partnership in the AMRC and a condition would accordingly imposed in the sanction order. The same would prevail over all other agreements that would be entered into for the project, Municipal Administration Principal Secretary R. Karikal Valaven said pointing clauses in the similar agreement signed between the DMRC and the Kochi Metro Rail Corporation.

The government had already Rs. 10 crore to the DMRC as a token fund to enable it to start preparatory work on behalf of the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation. The DMRC, in its response to the guidelines, informed that in case the Japanese International Cooperation Agency was willing to extend tied loan to Vijayawada and insist on appointment of general consultants, the condition could be agreed to with limited role for such consultants as the DMRC would be responsible for the execution of the project.

The DMRC, however, did not agree to the tripartite agreement as such a provision did not exist. The Government had indicated that the DMRC could claim their remuneration against the project component cost which comes to Rs.222.40 crore plus escalation cost as per WPI. The DMRC agreed to the formula suggested by the Government and indicated an extra fee of six per cent on contingencies and three per cent on all items that would be Rs. 111.20 crore in addition to escalation of 7.5 per cent which comes to Rs. 937.15 crore (taking the total project cost to Rs. 1.048.7 crore).

A fee of six per cent on this would come to Rs. 62.9 crore over and above the Rs. 222.4 crore agreed by the State government taking the total to Rs. 285.3 crore. The government, however said, the actual cost of contingencies and escalation could be known during the execution of the project and it was premature to decide any claim of remuneration at this point of time. “It is proper to allow the remuneration of six per cent based on the actuals as and when the expenditure is known,” an order issued by the government said.

Default and exit clauses

The agreement between the parties should also have default and exit clauses as a statutory requirement and efforts should be made to complete the priority corridor of the project by December 2018. Information pertaining to the major milestones of completion within the target date should be incorporated into the agreement and any changes in the contents of the agreement should be by mutual consent. According to the order, if the execution of the project was extended beyond the period prescribed in the agreement, the remuneration payable to DMRC should be limited to the actual expenditure incurred by the executing agency.

Amaravati Metro urges AP State Govt. to release Rs.500 Crore

AMRC MD stresses the need for speeding up the process since the DMRC plans to commence works on the project in January

Amaravati Metro RailAmaravati: The Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) managing director Ramakrishna Reddy has urged the government to take immediate measures for release of funds to the tune of Rs. 500 crore.

The money would be given to Krishna Collector Babu A. to pay compensation to people who stand to lose their lands to the project.

“To commence the process of land acquisition for construction of Corridor-2 of the rail project, We have to pay the amount to the land-losers,” said the Collector.

In a letter addressed to the government, the AMRC MD has stressed the need for speeding up the process since the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) plans to commence works on the project in January.

The DMRC has called for tenders which will be finalised on December 7. Top companies have evinced interest in the project.

Amaravati Metro Rail Route MapThe DMRC has earmarked 65.50 acres at Nidamanuru for construction of a coach depot as part of Corridor-2.

In response to a letter by the AMRC MD asking him to hand over the allocated land to the DMRC, the Collector constituted a 20-member survey team which carried out a quick survey. In his reply, the Collector asked the AMRC to deposit of sum of Rs. 500 crore to be paid to the project evacuees. He said a notification was being prepared and land acquisition would follow payment of compensation to beneficiaries.

The government, meanwhile, has allocated only Rs. 282 crore in this year’s budget for the project and Rs.220 crore more is required to go ahead with the land acquisition. It has been urged to release the funds by March.

The Metro Rail project will have two corridors—one from Penamaluru to Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) passing through Bandar Road and the other from Nidamanuru to PNBS, passing through Eluru Road.

Rs.10 Crore released to Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation

Amaravati, AP: The State government has initiated measures to launch works on the Vijayawada metro project through Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation, body formed on the lines of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, for managing the proposed metro rail network in the new capital region.

Token amount

The government released Rs.10 crore as token amount to enable the project consultant DMRC to commence preparatory action on the new corporation. The amount is being credited into account of DMRC i9n Oriental Bank of Commerce, New Delhi.

DMRC floats Tenders for Amaravati Metro (Vijayawada Metro)

Vijayawada: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ltd has invited e-tenders for design and construction of elevated viaduct and stations for the Amaravati (Vijayawada) Metro Rail project.

Appointed as a Consultant for the Amaravati (Vijayawada) Metro Rail project, the DMRC has swung into action floating the first set of possibly many more tenders, indicating at the keenness to complete the project by 2018 set by the State.

The current tenders floated online are for two segments. One of the segments covers rail network, and five elevated stations on the Pandit Nehru Bus Stand–Nidamanur corridor of Amaravati (Vijayawada) Metro Project and similar network on the same corridor.

The State Government has taken up the Rs. 6,800-crore 26-km elevated metro rail project along two corridors initially with a proposal to extend this with another line.

The N Chandrababu Naidu Government has recently received a shot in the arm with the Centre agreeing to support the project even though the current population does not fit the overall requirement of a population of 20 lakh for a metro rail project.

The metro project was considered keeping in view the potential of the city and likely projected increase in population.

CRRC keen on investing in Amaravati and Vizag Metro projects

Vijayawada: Interest of Chinese companies to invest in Andhra Pradesh is growing. After three leading Chinese manufacturing units committed to participating in the Kakinada SEZ a few months ago, now, it’s the turn of a major Railway group to evince interest. A delegation from China Railway 23rd Bureau Group Co. (International) Ltd. (CCRC) met the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday in Vijayawada and discussed possible areas of collaboration. Naidu asked the company to participate in the tender-bidding process for the metro rail projects in Vijayawada which was now renamed as Amaravati Metro in view of the State’s new capital region named as Amaravati, and Vizag Metro

Tie-up sectors

Outlining the areas in which AP and the CCRC could work together, Dong Fengie, General Manager, Overseas, of the Chinese firm said, “we are keen to work in sectors like railways, metro rail projects and multi-purpose dam projects”.

Naidu explained the opportunities for investors in infrastructure, airports, ports and the housing sector in Andhra Pradesh, which is building a new capital city.

He asked the group to come up with a proposal for identifying areas of investments, Government spokesperson said.

In May, GMR Infrastructure Limited (GMR) entered into an agreement with Guizhou International Investment Corporation (GIIC), a consortium of three leading Chinese manufacturing companies to set up an industrial park in its SEZ, Kakinada with an immediate investment of $500 million.

Kakinada SEZ

The Chinese companies from power equipment, electronics, wind & solar energy, smart technologies etc. were intending to set up their manufacturing units.

The SEZ in Kakinada is a port-based multi product Special Economic Zone, spread over approximately 10,500 acres and is a subsidiary of GMR.

The State government is pro-active in extending a slew of incentives for investing companies in addition to benefits under the Make in India policy of the Centre.

DMRC bags Rs.6769 Crore worth Vijayawada Metro Rail project

Vijayawada Metro RailVijayawada: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will implement the ambitious Vijayawada Metro Rail Project, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced here today.

“The state government has handed over the Vijayawada metro rail project to the DMRC. The first tender for civil works under the project will be called by DMRC next week,” Naidu, flanked by Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, DMRC also submitted a Detailed Project Report of Visakhapatnam Metro Rail project to state government. The chief minister said he has set year 2018 as the deadline for completion of Vijaywada metro rail project. Vijayawada is the part of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region.

“Vijayawada Metro Rail project has two corridors with a distance of 26.03 kms and is estimated to cost Rs 6,769 crore,” Chandrababu said, adding that state government decided to take up the project with the support of central government as it is “not feasible” for private players.

An SPV will be constituted to take up the project, he said. The chief minister informed that DMRC has handed over the DPR on Visakhaptanam Metro Project to government.

“The Visakhapatnam Metro project will have three corridors. Initially, it was decided to run the project to a distance of 34.91 km but was extended to 42.55 km. As a result of which its cost has increased,” he said.

Naidu said the Vishakhapatnam metro project will also be handed over to DMRC after Cabinet gives its approval.

“The first phase of the project will be completed by December, 2018 and another SUV will be formed for its implementation,” he added.

Addressing reporters, Venkaiah Naidu said implementation of metro projects for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam is as per the promise given under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

“The Centre has made an exemption of the 20 lakh population norm for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam cities (for metro projects) because it had promised implementation of the projects under the AP Reorganisation Act. Union government is now considering to finalise funding agency (for the projects),” Venkaiah said.

The Union Minister said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has shown interest in funding the two projects.

He also announced construction of a high speed train corridor between Vijayawada and Guntur at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore instead of extending the Vijayawada metro rail project to Guntur.

“I discussed the high speed rail project with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu,” Venkaiah said, adding that the second phase of Vijayawada metro rail project would be extended to Gannavaram airport.

Former DMRC MD and adviser to Andhra Pradesh on metro rail projects, E Sreedharan was also present, apart from Andhra Pradesh ministers.

Chandrababu Naidu looks at JICA for investment in Vijayawada Metro project

Naidu with Sreedharan
Discussing details AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu with E Sreedharan, Advisor, Vijayawada Metro Rail Project (file photo)

Vijayawada: Even as Union Ministry of Urban Development raised doubts over the feasibility of Vijayawada Metro Rail, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu requested E.Sreedharan, former CMD/DMRC and Advisor for various Metro Rail projects in the State, to ensure that it starts taking shape at the earliest.

“Funding is not a problem, he said, as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is keen on extending financial assistance to them”, Mr. Naidu said in a meeting with the Metro Man in Hyderabad on Friday.  On the Viability Gap Analysis, he mentioned that MUD’s report was based on certain parameters.

However once the State Capital starts functioning from Amaravati – the newly announced Capital of Andhra Pradesh, then Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali corridor including the suburbs like Mangalagiri, Nuzivid etc will form part of Amaravathi Capital Region and hence the scope and viability of the Metro Rail project will get scaled up to 10-12 times than the current analysis by MUD, he added.

During a detailed discussion on Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada metro railway projects, Mr.Naidu said that Mr.Sreedharan, who was former MD of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, could visit places like Istanbul where public transportation has been revolutionized by metro rail projects and probably replicate the best practices back home.

Mr.Naidu wanted first phase of Visakhapatnam project to be completed by the end of 2018 and the one planned for Vijayawada launched at the earliest.

Mr.Sreedharan and his team were asked to prepare a process chart for regular monitoring and to take care of logistical issues that might derail the projects.

Since metro rail projects were cost-effective means of transportation in the coming years, A.P. Government attached due priority to them and looked forward to experts like Mr.Sreedharan to chip in with their expertise, Mr.Naidu added.

Vijayawada Metro project to cost Rs.6,823 crore

VizMetroVijayawada: The first phase of Vijayawada Metro Rail project is estimated to cost Rs. 6,823 crore and the total length covered by the two corridors will be 26.03 km and the cost per km works out to Rs.209 crore, according to the Detailed Project Report (DPR).

While Corridor 1 between Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal and Penamaluru covers a distance of 12.76 km, Corridor 2 (Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal-Nidamanuru) covers 13.27 km. The Corridor 1 is planned to be linked to the capital city of Amaravathi and Corridor 2 would be connected to Gannavaram airport.

The Detailed Project Report mentioned the cost of the ticket to be Rs. 10 between 0-5 km, Rs.20 between 5-10 km and Rs.30 for 10 km above.

As much as 31.039 hectares of land would be required for the project – 29.444 hectares of private land and 1.595 hectares of government land.

It stated that 11.34 hectares would be required for construction of Metro Rail Depot.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) team predicted that the traffic demand could be 2.91 lakh trips in 2019-2020 and was expected to increase to 9.99 lakh trips by 2051-52.

Chinese Metro Rail team visits Vijayawada, inspects Andhra NCR

Delegation meets VMC chief; promises to complete Metro project provided VMC gives necessary support

Vijayawada: A Chinese delegation representing China Railway 23rd Bureau Group Company Limited Overseas Metro Rail Project headed by its Deputy General Manager Lee Ming visited different locations in Vijayawada and Tullur across the Krishna river on Sunday.

The delegation was in the city on the invitation of the state government to scout the region for investing in the proposed metro rail project in Vijayawada and the New Capital Region (NCR) named as “Amaravathi” by the State Government recently, in a phased manner and also for high speed Metro rail connectivity between Gannavaram Airport and the NCR.

Lee Ming and others explained their company’s track record to Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) commissioner G Veerapandian  and showed the brochures and photographs of various projects they had executed in different companies. The company representatives expressed willingness to partner in Vijayawada Metro Rail project. Already the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the metro rail project and the government’s decision as to whom to award the contract of executing the project is awaited.

The delegation visited old bus stand area, Besant Road, Museum Road, Eluru Road, Penamaluru, Gannavaram Airport and Tullur. DMCR Project Director G.P.Ranga Rao, VMC city planner S Chakrapani, executive engineers Bhaskar, Dhanunjay and others were present.

Detailed Project Report

A Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the first phase of the Vijayawada Metro Rail project, estimated to cost Rs. 6,823 crore, has already been submitted to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Principal Advisor and Advisor to A.P. Government on Metro rail projects, E. Sreedharan.

According to the report, Corridor-1 will be linked to the capital city of Amaravati, and Corridor II will be connected to the Gannavaram airport. While, Corridor 1, between Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal and Penamaluru, covers a distance of 12.76 km, Corridor II (Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal to Nidamanuru) covers 13.27 km.

During their visit, the delegation inspected the proposed Metro line track and station points in the city. The delegation also called on Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Commissioner G. Veerapandian. Mr.Ming said the company would complete the Metro rail project in 18 months, if the Corporation provided the necessary assistance. During the meeting, the delegation also discussed the DPR.

Roadway through Indrakeeladri Hill most likely to be dug to give way for Vijayawada Metro Rail

APTransco estimates 10 to 15 MW of power for the project

Vijayawada (BZA): A second tunnel, close to the existing one, facilitating roadway through Indrakeeladri, is most likely to be dug to give way for the proposed Vijayawada Metro Rail, according to reliable sources in APTransco. However, the tunnel will be far away from the Kanakadurga temple to avoid controversies, the source said.

“The tunnel proposal has not yet been officially documented, but it is certainly on the cards. Transco is working out its plans, including expansion of the sub-station abutting the Pundit Nehru Bus Station,” said a top official at APTransco. He added that the digging of the tunnel was inevitable, and that its exit point was most likely to be at Kummaripalem centre.

He also hinted at the imminent public resistance to the project on account of the tunnel cutting through the densely populated areas in the city. If this conflict situation is to be avoided, the Metro route itself has to be altered, which is difficult under the present circumstances, he observed.

APTransco is bracing to meet the power requirement for the Metro Rail project, which is estimated to be between 10 and 15 Mega Watts. The DMRC has to choose between underground cables and overhead lines from Transco’s supply points. It depends on the cost factor and other logistical issues, according to him.

The department is taking steps to open supply points at Gunadala, Ganguru and Krishnalanka (near Pandit Nehru Bus Station) and laying additional lines, if necessary, through an underground tunnel, which is proposed to be dug between Indrakeeladri and the existing tunnel at Chittinagar. However, the exact location of the proposed tunnel is yet to be spotted.

The representatives of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which has been entrusted with the job of preparing the Detailed Project Report, inquired about the availability of power infrastructure in a recent meeting with top officials of Transco in the city.

Transco officials offered to provide sourcing / supply points at the above locations and do other things that may be required by the DMRC. However, they are waiting for clarity on the location of the second tunnel from which the power lines have to be connected to the grid

AP State Cabinet accord Approval for Rs.6823 Crore Vijayawada Metro Rail project

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh State Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Rs.6,823-crore Vijayawada Metro Rail project.

Briefing media after the Cabinet meeting, I & PR Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy said the DPR submitted to the government was given the go-ahead. He said it would be completed by 2019. The metro would have capacity for 764 passengers and cover a distance of 26.3 km in two corridors during the Phase-I. The first corridor of Phase-I would be from Pandit Nehru Bus Station to Penamaluru and would cost Rs.2,587 crore, while the second corridor would be up to Gannavaram airport from PNBS involving an estimated expenditure of Rs. 3,148 crore. He said 31.02 hectares of government land would be required for the project.

The Centre and the State would be contributing Rs.866 crore each, while a loan of Rs.3,600 crore would be taken from Japan International Cooperation Agency.

  • The Rs. 6,823-crore project is expected to be completed by 2019
  • With a capacity for 764 passengers, it will cover 26.3 km in two corridors
  • The Rs. 6,823-crore project is expected to be completed by 2019

Vijayawada Metro Rail plan do not connect the places where it is needed: allege Citizens

Vijayawada (BZA): Will the proposed Metro Rail in Vijayawada serve the purpose of better transport connectivity in the city? People in the city seem to have reservations over it.  “Where is the need for metro rail in the city which has hardly 10 lakh population and a radius of less than 10 km? Further, the plans that have been drawn today, as being reported, do not connect the places where it is needed,” V Raghavendra, a 40-year-old resident of Autonagar, points out.

He has a point as the proposed metro rail in the city will be having two corridors, one stretching along Bandar Road from Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) to Penamaluru and the other stretching along Eluru Road from PNBS to Nidamanur, covering a total distance of 26.03 km. With proposals to extend it to Amaravati, the state capital in a subsequent phase.

But what about One Town, the densely populated area in the city, where commercial locations like KR Market and  Vastralatha are present? Most importantly, the area has the temple of Goddess Kanaka Durga, the foremost landmark of Vijayawada.

“People who generally use public transport live in areas like Ajit Singh Nagar, Rajiv Kandrika, Auto Nagar and such areas which do not feature in the Metro Rail Project plans. The routes on which the metro rail corridors have been proposed have road connectivity and those using own vehicles would continue to use them, regardless of whatever public transport system is introduced,” pointed out MV Anjaneyulu, general secretary of taxpayers association.

He says one cannot expect a person working in Kandrika and Ajit Singh Nagar to come all the way to PNBS to catch metro to Auto Nagar. “What is being now proposed looks aimed at easing traffic problems; if it be the case, flyovers at Benz Circle and Indrakeeladri Hill along with Inner and Outer Ring Road will do,” he says.

A senior doctor practising in Bodemma Hotel Centre area of One Town in the city, not wishing to be named, suggests that the policy makers go for projects, which are viable and productive for the immediate requirements rather than going for grandiose plans in a bid to outdo other cities.

The project is estimated to cost `6,823 crore and the figure might go up several times, if the plans for metro connecting the capital city are taken into consideration. Even the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) people who gave DPR for Vijayawada metro have their reservations over its expansion to the capital region and instead suggest Rapid Rail Transport System or Multi Modal Transport system.

According to C Swamy Charan, former divisional secretary of SCR Vijayawada Division Railway Mazdoor Union, the existing railway network can be used to address the transport needs of Vijayawada as well as connecting it to the new capital. “There is a pending proposal for circular train connecting Vijayawada-Mangalagiri-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri. If the existing track is doubled, more trips of circular train can be used,” he said.

According to him, similar circular route can be developed in Vijayawada, if the government takes the initiative to connect the Vijayawada railway station to the existing Vijayawada-Gudur-Machilipatnam line covering Yanamalakuduru and  Auto Nagar areas.

Since the government is already planning for having a flood bank at Ramalingeswara Nagar, the same can be incorporated for railway track saving the land acquisition problem.

“Operation of  small trains between Vijayawada and Guntur as well as  Vijayawada and Rajahmundry can be very useful,” he opined.

DPR of Vijayawada Metro raises doubts on the immediate viability of the project

Vijayawada (BZA): Notwithstanding the hoop and hoopla prevailed over the metro train chugging through Vijayawada city, the Detailed Project Report (DPR) prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has sowed the seeds of doubts about the very viability of the project without levying additional burden on the people. Academicians fear that government might choose to impose additional cess/surcharges to fill the viability gap even before launching the project.

Tax payers association has cautioned the government against rushing with the metro train project with the existing design as it is going to leave huge burden on the exchequer and also people. The Union urban development ministry, which promised to support the metro train projects in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, has cleverly escaped from the burden by routing its intension through DPR.

In the DPR, DMRC suggested that State and Central government should take 20 percent each burden and pool up remaining from the markets through loans. In fact, DMRC exceeded its brief on the issue of finances as it is not its job to suggest who should take how much burden. Its responsibility is to prepare estimated costs and leave the issue of mobilization of funds to the State government, which assigned the task to it. State government has lost an opportunity to bring pressure on Centre to grant of at least 50 percent of the cost due to the unwanted suggestion of DMRC on sharing of burdens.

As per the DMRC formula, the Centre and State governments would take about Rs.2400 crore (Rs.1200 crore each) burden and mobilse the remaining Rs.3800 crore of the total estimated cost of Rs.6200 crore from the markets. “Borrowing huge monies from the markets is nothing but penalizing the tax payers,” observed charted accountant M Subbarao. Projects like JNNURM and BRTS too have failed to give desired results and pushed the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation into deep debt burden even when the Centre took a share of 50 percent as the state government failed to release its share of 30 percent. “One could imagine the fate of the Metro project if the Centre confined to funding just 20 percent. Venkaiah Naidu seemed to have influenced the DMRC to come out with such a report as DMRC is working under his ministry,” alleged city congress president Malladi Vishnu. Interestingly, DMRC stated that the Rate of Return (profitability margin) of Vijayawada metro would be just around 3.07 percent against the minimum requirement of 16-20 percent.

“It is not only viable but not desired at the moment,” sad Tax payers association secretary MV Anjaneyulu. He said that proposed metro train project would make the city further congested instead of expanding the city horizon. Cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata required Metro as those cities were spread over 60-80km radius with a population of over one crore. On the other hand, Vijayawada city is not spread over even 20km with a population of just 10 lakh, said. He observed that it would take at least a decade for the city to add another 10 lakh population even after the location of the capital city.

Even in the limited city, DMRC proposed to take up just 12-13km stretch of metro, which would no way resolve the traffic woes of the people, said Anjaneyulu. “Metro should be focused on connecting interior areas with the city to make city grow. Do they want people to reside already thickly populated Bandar road and Eluru road areas,” asked urban transport expert Abdul Rehman. He said that it was unscientific to take the passenger traffic of APSRTC bus station and railway station to project the Metro train traffic. “A person from Ajith Singh Nagar who wanted to reach railway station, will continue to depend either on auto or bus service as he can’t catch Metro close to his residential area.

How can you account for all such people as possible metro passengers?” he asked. Instead of fancying for metro, government should be first try to connect the city with sub-urban with a train network to help the poor living in the outskirts enter city in search of work, said economics professor DAR Subramanyam. Tax payers secretary Anjaneyulu said that existing traffic woes of city could be eased with just 10 percent of the proposed cost of metro by completing the construction of flyover at Benz circle, Kanakadurga temple and widening of a couple of roads. “Metro is not right solution to ease traffic congestion at his particular juncture.

It will levy unnecessary burden on people,” he said. Most of the metro train projects in the country were running with deep losses despite having resources to pocked revenues through commercial spaces as the projects itself high cost intensive, said an engineering official at VMC. He said that private firm, which took the Airport to railway station stretch in Delhi on PPP basis, is struggling to manage its finances and trying to handover the project back to DMRC. In fact, metro project advisor E Sreedharan himself admitted that the concepts of BOT, PPP and Privatisation have all failed to take off in the country in Metro projects. Then, who is going to take the burden? Centre, State or People? Over to Naidu Square.

E.Sreedharan presents DPR on Vijayawada Metro to Andhra CM

Vijayawada (BZA): The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday said works on the proposed Vijayawada metro rail project with an initial estimated cost of Rs 6,823-crore would begin from June this year.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) principal adviser E Sreedharan, who met Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in this regard, has submitted the detailed project report (DPR) of the metro, coming up in two corridors covering a total distance of 26.03 kilometres, an official release stated.

Corridor-I would be linked to the capital city Amaravathi and the other to the Gannavaram airport. Corridor-I extends between Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal-Penamaluru extending 12.76 km, and corridor-II covering Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal – Nidamanuru for 13.27 km. The DPR estimated the total cost of the project only till 2019.

Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu too was present in the meeting. The report estimated the metro rail development cost per each kilometre at Rs 209 crore.

“Whether it is (the project) is going to be elevated or not would only be decided during the capital development stage,” Sreedharan said, adding the underground project of the metro per kilometre would cost Rs 500-600 crore, as against the proposed Rs 209 crore per kilometre if it is elevated.

On the transportation fare, the DPR stated the ideal fare per person was Rs 10 between 0-5 km; Rs 20 for 5-10 km, and Rs 30 if it is above 10 km distance.

Explaining the land requirement, the DPR mentioned that 31.029 hectare (both government and private) would be required for the project. For building the metro rail depot, 11.34 hectare would be required.

“Government lands along the route may be reserved for property development to fund the project,” the report said.

Naidu wanted a section of the metro to be commissioned by January 2019.

The DMRC team predicted the traffic demand could be 291,000 trips in 2019-2020, and would rise to one million trips in the next 30 years.

Meanwhile, Sreedharan also said the DPR for the Visakhapatnam metro rail would be ready by June 15. He, however, presented the status report of it to the chief minister today.

Naidu was informed that a rapid rail transit system for Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri (VGTM) could be planned as the metro would not be feasible on this route.

However, a discussion on the projects would be taken up in the next Cabinet meeting. Proposals for connectivity between Visakhapatnam to Tirupati through Amaravathi, and Bengaluru to Amaravathi high-speed train proposals would also be discussed, the chief minister said.

DPRs for proposed Metro Rail projects in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam likely to be submitted today

Vijayawada: Metro man E Sridharan, who is looking after the planning activities of metro rail projects in Andhra Pradesh, is likely to submit Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for the proposed metro rail projects in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here on Thursday.

According to sources, Sridharan, who had headed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) earlier, will present the two DPRs with cost estimates to Naidu here.

The State government wants to construct metro rail projects in Visakhapatnam covering a length of 39 km and in Vijayawada covering 25 kg in the first phase by 2017.

In the first phase, Vijayawada will have a 25-km metro rail from Jawaharlal Nehru Bus Station to Penamaluru. For Visakhapatnam metro, surveys have already been conducted in the identified three corridors namely, Madhurawada to NAD Junction, Thatichetlapalem to Old Post office and Gurudwara Junction to Park Hotel Junction.

After the submission of the DPRs, the Sate government will decide whether to award the construction works to DMRC or call global tenders to find out another developer.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who will be touring China for six days starting from April 12, will hold meetings with Chinese companies, which have come forward to undertake bullet train project between Visakhapatnam and Chennai via Vijayawada.

Chandrababu Naidu may clear Vijayawada Metro Rail DPR by April 20

Vijayawada: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has finalised the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Vijayawada Metro Rail, much ahead of the April 30 deadline, and it is likely to be submitted to chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu anytime after April 10.

The DPR is expected to be cleared by April 20 if Naidu decides to make any changes to it. “We are ready with the DPR. As the state government is our client, we shall submit it to the chief minister,” a DMRC official said.

Vijayawada MetroWhen the DPR is cleared and tenders are called, DMRC, which works under the Union urban development ministry, would also bid for the project along with others. Or the government could finalise DMRC as a single tender company since it is owned by the Union government. “The chief minister has faith in the capability of the DMRC in executing the project. That is why former MD of DMRC E Sreedharan has been appointed principal advisor to the government on metro rail projects in September last year,” the DMRC offical said.

The DMRC has estimated that the project would cost Rs 5,500 crore and take four years for its execution. This is at the rate of Rs 220 crore per km and if the DMRC is given the contract, it would execute the work on a turnkey basis. “It would cost Rs 220 crore per km because we not only lay the tracks but do everything including traction, the bridges and 132kv power supply, trunk circuiting equipment for ensuring safety, telecommunication equipment, coaches and so on,” the official said.

The DPR envisages two corridors from the Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS), one up to Penamaluru over MG Road and the other till Nidamanuru over Eluru Road.

Corridor I has the following stations: PNBS, Victoria Jubilee Museum, Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium, DV Manor Centre, Benz Circle, Autonagar Gate, Ravindra Bharathi School, Siddhartha Law College, Tadigadapa, Poranki and Penamaluru. The distance is about 12.2 km.

Corridor II has the following stations: PNBS, Railway Station South Booking Office, Railway Station East (Government Railway SP’s office), Besant Road, Kotha Vanthena, SRR College, City Cancer Hospital, Gunadala, Ramavarappadu Ring, Prasadampadu, Ramakrishna Weigh Bridge, Enikepadu and Nidamanuru.

The maintenance depot for coaches that move on both the arms would be set up at Nidamnuru only. The distance is about 12.7 km.

There would be no metro rail connectivity to MG Road corridor from Eluru Road corridor via Ring Road from Ramavarappadu to Benz Cirlce.

According to the DMRC official,  all stations would be 20 m wide and 140 m long. The main station at the PNBS, which will come up outside the PNBS on the National Highway, will be 35 m wide and 140 m long. It would be a five-storey building with multi-level parking and subways to manage traffic. Corridor I would be over the National Highway till Raghavaiah Park where it crosses Bandar Canal and from then on move on the MG Road.

Corridor II would be touching ‘Trisakthi Peetham’ at PNBS, RTC maintenance depot, cross Bandar Canal, fire station, police control room, cross Eluru Canal, Caltex Road, Railway Station, Alankar Talkies, Besant Road and from there it would move on Eluru road.

Metro Rail, Energy officials keep options open

As decks are being cleared for the survey for the proposed Metro Rail project, officials are exuding confidence that the ambitious project will have a smooth sailing insofar as the power supply is concerned.

04VJVRA1_Metro-_VJ_2364285fThough the Energy Department officials refused to comment on the issue, claiming it to be “very early”, the department is learnt to have kept two options open. Setting up of an exclusive sub-station for the Metro project is one option, while officials are not averse to providing dedicated power lines from the Transco infrastructure to guarantee uninterrupted supply.

The department has already been officially asked for possibilities of supporting the project. Given the scenario, six feeders, two each at Gunadala, Vijayawada and Ganguru are expected to be suitable for the Metro project, according to a senior official.

Officials of AP-Transco and the Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (SPDCL) believe that the Metro Rail project will opt for dedicated lines instead of investing huge sums on an exclusive sub-station under the present circumstances, as the project is to be largely funded by the cash-strapped State government.

“Since the project is in its preliminary stages, a lot of things, including power requirement, are yet to be worked out. But, supply will not be an issue, as the State is power-surplus and additional generation capacities are in the offing,” SPDCL Chief Engineer K. Rajabapaiah told.

He observed that since the Metro Rail proposed in Vijayawada city was not as big as the ones in Delhi or Hyderabad, there might be no need for separate sub-stations or a relatively fewer number could be needed. It all depends on speeds that the trains would reach and the need for uninterrupted supply.

The kind of private partnerships that the Andhra Pradesh government will be forging for executing the ambitious project is another dimension to be factored in as the size of investment is to be kept in mind.

Metro Rail a Priority in Government’s Agenda: Venkaiah Naidu

Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu greeting Kerala Minister for Power and Railways Aryadan Mohammed at Sri City, on Saturday
Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu greeting Kerala Minister for Power and Railways Aryadan Mohammed at Sri City, on Saturday

Chennai (MAS): Metro Rail projects covering a total distance of 528 km and valued at Rs 1,64,915 crore  is set to become operational in the country in a few years. With urban population exploding and transportation in cities increasingly difficult, Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, extolling the virtues of Metro Rail, said that these projects will ease urban transportation issues considerably.

The Minister, while inaugurating the manufacture of the first coach shell for the Kochi Metro Rail project at Alstom Transport’s metro rolling stock facility in Sri City, said, “Traveling in cities has become a nightmare and it is adversely impacting the quality of life. We keep adding more and more vehicles, but what we need are more and more metros,” said Naidu adding that this is at the top of the government of India’s priorities. This dovetails with the government’s aim to establish 100 smart cities with convenient and efficient intra-city travel.

“Right now, we have 259 km of Metro rail operational in the country. 189 km in Delhi and 60 km in four other cities. And another 528 km are set to become operational in the next few years,” he said. Ongoing metro projects include Chennai’s phase one and  Bangalore.

Naidu also pointed out that Metro Rail projects were incredibly cost effective in the long run. “The 528 km will take up an estimated Rs  1,64,915 crore. The average cost of a metro project is more Rs  250 crore per km. But the Delhi Metro, which cost Rs  43,000 crore is said to save Rs 10,000 crore every year in terms of fuel costs and environmental impact,” he pointed out.

Construction on Nagpur’s Metro Rail project is set to begin and Metro Rail projects in Pune, Vijayawada, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Vijayawada will soon initiated. Metro Rail projects in another 9 cities that will involve adding another 223 km at a cost of Rs 83,000 crore are currently under the Union government’s consideration.

The government is also actively encouraging indigenous manufacturing with a current national capacity of 620 coaches a year.

50 pc rail coaches ready in 3 years

Chennai: French manufacturing giant Alstom Transport is looking to ship about 50% of its production at its Metro Rail coach plant in Sri City in the next three years. The plant which currently has plans of extending capacity to around 200-250 cars a year, provides coaches to both the Chennai Metro Rail and the Kochi Metro Rail Projects. “The way we build coaches here will make India very important for the international market. Approximately 50% of our capacity will be exported to overseas markets in Australia, Asia Pacific and the Americas,” said a senior company official.

Centre considering Metro Rail Projects in 9 more Cities at a cost of ₹83,000 Crore: Minister for Urban Devp.

Sri City, Tada: The Centre is considering implementing metro rail projects in nine cities at a cost of ₹83,000 crore, according to Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu.

The government plans to take up new projects in Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada, while work is on in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Nagpur, he said at a function to unveil the first coach shell manufactured for Kochi Metro at Alstom Transport India Ltd facility in Sri City, an integrated business city in Tada, near Chennai.

The cost to construct 1 km of metro rail is around ₹250 crore and a total of 223 km will be covered by these metro projects, he said. Currently, 259 km of metro rail is operational.

Of this, 189 km is in Delhi, 60 km in other cities, including Chennai, Bengaluru and Nagpur.

Cost of operation

Operating metro rail is not viable in many cities.

However, in places where they are operated, the benefits are good. For instance, the Delhi Metro (199 km) was developed at a cost of ₹43,000 crore.

A recent study said that the project helps the State annually save around ₹10,000 crore by way of lower fuel consumption and controlling pollution, he said.

Naidu said that 528 km of metro lines at a cost of ₹1.64 lakh crore will become operational soon, including 138 km in Delhi and 25 km in Kochi – the latter to be fully completed in two years, he said.


On rolling stock, Naidu said a lot of focus is being given indigenisation.

For instance, out of the 2,100 coaches, 1,850 coaches are indigenously manufactured.

Currently, coaches are manufactured by BEML, Bombardier and Alstom with a total capacity of 620 coaches a year, he said.

Naidu said that with nearly 100 smart cities planned across India, the flavour of the season is to provide basic facilities to urban population.

“We don’t want more vehicles but want people to use more and more public transport to avoid congestion, pollution and emission. The metro rail is one of the public transports that the government is according priority,” he said.

Vijayawada Metro Rail DPR to be ready by March-end

E. Sreedharan reviews progress of ongoing surveys

Vijayawada (BZA): The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed Metro Rail, rail-based Mass Rapid Transit System, in the city will be completed by March end.

The surveys by experts on different aspects such as topographical survey, traffic analysis, geographical studies and water pipeline analysis are going on at a brisk pace and in all likelihood, it will be completed shortly.

DMRC Director (Business Development) S.D. Sarma and Principal Advisor E. Sreedharan (right) discussing the proposed Metro Rail project, in Vijayawada on Wednesday
DMRC Director (Business Development) S.D. Sarma and Principal Advisor E. Sreedharan (right) discussing the proposed Metro Rail project, in Vijayawada on Wednesday

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Principal Advisor E. Sreedharan, who was in the city on Wednesday to review the progress of the surveys and preparation of the DPR for Metro Rail project, said that lapses, problems and progress in the DPR would be reviewed at the meeting.

“We will go for a field visit to inspect the alignments, key traffic junctions on Thursday,” he said.

DMRC Director (Business Development) S.D.Sarma said that the surveys were going on at brisk pace. Soil testing procedures would be undertaken shortly.

The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), which replaced the Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA), would spend Rs. 25 crore on the preparation of the DPR for the project.

As many as 23 Metro Rail stations, including the main station near the Pandit Nerhu Bus Station (PNBS), would come up along the Bandar and Eluru roads. Eleven stations each on Bandar and Eluru roads are being planned.

In phase-I of the project, metro rail services would be available between the Siddhartha Engineering College at Kanuru and the PNBS-railway station-Eluru Road-Ramavarappadu ring-Nidamanuru, covering a distance of 26 km. A depot would also come up at Nidamanuur, according to sources.

  • The CRDA will spend Rs. 25 cr. on the preparation of the DPR for the project

  • 23 Metro Rail stations, including the main station near PNBS, will come up along Bandar and Eluru roads

DMRC readies DPR for Vijayawada Metro

Metro Rail in the City to cost Rs.288 crore per km

Vijayawada (BZA): The Metro Rail project in the city is likely to cost Rs. 7,500 crore in the first phase at nearly Rs. 288 crore per km according to project estimates.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project, and it will be submitted to the government by the end of March.

When the project was conceived, the VGTMUDA, which is replaced by the CRDA, had said: “Going by the experience in Hyderabad, the government will have to spend Rs. 300 crore per km to lay the elevated corridor for the project.” Previous experiences also point out that the project will cost not less than Rs. 160 crore per km.

The DMRC has prepared the design for a 26-km stretch covering both Bandar and Eluru Roads, connecting key junctions.

It has planned 21 stations, including one main station at Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS). The authorities have also planned a metro coach depot at Nidamanuru.

The project was planned from Siddhartha College to PNBS on Bandar Road when it was conceived. However, the stretch has been extended to Penamaluru with a view to connect more sub-urban areas with the core city.

The DMRC is also conducting a feasibility study on connecting Vijayawada with Thullur, the proposed Capital area, through Metro Rail. It is also planning to construct a bridge on Krishna, connecting Vijayawada and Guntur in the first phase. Meanwhile, the authorities are planning another corridor near the Kanaka Durga temple.

A tunnel will come up near Indrakeeladri covering Kummaripalem before crossing Krishna. This stretch will connect Vijayawada and the new capital city.

The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) will spend Rs. 25 crore on the preparation of DPR.

A suburban transportation facility to link Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali by high speed trains is also on the cards.

Apart from using the existing railway tracks, laying a dedicated track for the high speed rail corridor is being proposed. The new facility will be integrated with metro corridors proposed in the city and the capital region.

Metro expert E. Sreedharan said the proposed high speed rail was “cost effective” when compared to the metro rail.

It will cost Rs. 8 crore to Rs. 10 crore per km to set up the high speed train facility as against an estimated Rs. 160 crore per km for the Metro Rail.

AP allocates Rs.300 Crore in State Budget 2015-16 for Metro Rail projects in Vijayawada & Visakhapatnam

The budgetary allocation of Rs. 300 crore for Metro Rail projects in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam and Rs. 3,168 crore for capital infrastructure are expected to give the much-needed boost to development, according to the industry.

Courageous gesture

The budget manifests the focus of cash-crunched Andhra Pradesh, according to industry pundits. “Given the scenario, the allocation of more than Rs. 3,000 crore for the capital is a serious and courageous gesture of the government. In fact, we did not expect an allocation of Rs. 300 crore for Metro Rail projects in Vijayawada and Vizag.

It will give a boost to development in the capital region, besides contributing to the industrial ecosystem,” said Suresh Rayudu Chitturi, chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industries, Andhra Pradesh.

The announcement of the industrial policy will further speed up the development process according to him.

Thanks to the allocations, corporate companies will be interested in setting up units in the capital region, said T. Pardha Saradhi, president of AP Small Industries Association.

World-class capital

“This was how industrial development took place in Hyderabad. I am sure the same will be replicated here,” he added.

However, the total allocation is much less compared to the requirements. The State is pinning its hopes on the expected Central grant of Rs. 1,00,213 crore for capital construction and Rs. 41,253 crore for other critical infrastructure requirements.

A definitive assurance to this effect has not yet come from the BJP, the TDP’s alliance partner at the Centre.

Bifurcation necessitated an immediate need for building a world-class capital reflecting the aspirations of the people of the State.

The new capital will be a place for creativity and innovation, according to the budget statement.

Speaking to media on the immediate use of funds, Capital Region Development Authority Commissioner N.Srikanth said: “Funds will be utilised for a Detailed Project Report, development of land for farmers and construction of offices and building infrastructure.”

SPVs for Vijayawada & Vizag Metro Rail projects formed; DPRs to be ready by end-March

हेदराबाद Hyderabad: Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) have been formed for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam Metro Rail projects and the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) were under preparation, according Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials.

This was conveyed to Chief Secretary I.Y.R. Krishna Rao during a review meeting with DMRC officials here on the progress of the two projects. The DPRs were in progress for covering a length of 39 km in Visakhapatnam and 25 km in Vijayawada.

The Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh requested the DMRC to complete the DPRs by the end of March and directed Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, A. Giridhar to approach the Government of India to get funds according to the commitment in the A.P. Reorganisation Act.

The Chief Secretary also conducted a meeting with the Tourism Officials to discuss Shilparamam and tourism issues.

Vijayawada Metro: DMRC mulls Metro corridor to Thullur

Possibility of constructing bridge on Krishna to be explored

Vijayawada:  The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will conduct a feasibility study on connecting Vijayawada with Thullur, the proposed capital area, through Metro rail. The DMRC will also explore the possibility of constructing a bridge on Krishna, connecting Vijayawada and Guntur in Phase-I of the Metro rail project.

E. Sreedharan, Principal Adviser to the Government on Metro Rail, is learnt to have asked DMRC officials to study the feasibility of building metro corridors in the capital region. The Metro rail corridor, a rail-based Mass Rapid Transit System, will be extended to the Kanaka Durga temple from the Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS). The Trisakthi Peetham, situated just beside the PNBS, has been found to be an obstacle. Officials were told to ensure that the design would be such that it would not damage the structure, sources say.

Another major hurdle noticed is the width of Eluru Road. A two-way Metro Rail on Eluru Road might not be possible on the stretch, as it requires not less than a space of eight metres to construct the elevated corridor. So, the DMRC will have to look for another stretch to provide two-way access from Ramavarappadu to the Railway Station and further, sources say.

Besant Road is an important junction in view of huge structures and residential buildings. The Metro Rail from the Railway Station will join Eluru Road via Alankar Centre. It was noticed that South India Shopping Mall and a residential building located near Lenin Centre would come in the way, sources say.

Two flyovers, which are under construction near Gunadala, may come up in the way of the Metro project. The ramps of two flyovers – one being constructed by the Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department and another by the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri-Development-Authority (VGTMUDA), now the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) – will touch Eluru Road near Gunadala. DMRC officials have been asked to coordinate with both agencies.

  • Officials told to ensure that the design will not damage Trisakthi Peetham
  • Two flyovers near Gunadala may obstruct the Metro Rail project

Sreedharan appointed Principal Advisor for Vijayawada and Vizag Metro Rail projects

sreedharan_883047eVijayawada (BZA):  The Andhra Pradesh State government has appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation former Managing Director Dr.E.Sreedharan as Principal Advisor for the proposed mass rapid transit system projects in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati. Municipal Administration Principal Secretary D. Sambasiva Rao said as part of efforts to implement the metro rail projects in the three areas on top priority, the government had decided to utilise services of Dr.Sreedharan.

Vijayawada Metro: 16 Firms vie for making DPR

VGTM-UDA forms panel to look into their eligibility. UDA Chairman V.Srinivas Reddy said the scrutiny of applications received till 5 p.m. on 01 Sept 2014 has begun but preferred to keep the names of companies confidential

विजयावाडा Vijayawada (BZA): The Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM-UDA) has constituted a committee which will look into the eligibility criteria of 16 companies which submitted applications for preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Vijayawada Metro Rail Project according to the Authority.

The tenders will be opened in 10 days.

A communication is sent to the respective companies to depute their officers to be present at the time of choosing a qualified bidder. The applicants include some well-known firms, some of which are operating from outside the state. It would be then discretion of the State government to select the most competent one among them.

By appointing Dr.E.Sreedharan, Principal Advisor of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), as advisor for the ambitious project, the State government expedited the process of establishing the much-needed rail connectivity between Vijayawada and other bustling towns in the region.

Speaking to UDA Chairman V. Srinivas Reddy said the scrutiny of applications received till 5 p.m. on September 1, which was the last date, has begun but preferred to keep the names of companies confidential.

He said the first phase of the metro rail will cover 47 km as against 200-plus km planned for the entire VGTM region mainly covering Vijayawada and Guntur. A sum of Rs 25 crore allocated for preparing the DPR.

Appointment hailed

Mr. Reddy welcomed the appointment of Mr. Sreedharan as advisor for three metro rail projects, which includes the one in VGTM region, and asserted that his experience and expertise would be extremely useful for making the project in VGTM a grand success.

VGTM-UDA has jurisdiction over nearly 7,000 sq. km. consisting of Vijayawada and Guntur municipal corporations, Gudivada, Mangalagiri, Nandigama, Nuzvid, Ponnur, Sattenapalli, Tadepalli, Tenali and Vuyyur municipalities and nearly 820 villages across Krishna and Guntur districts.

Bombardier eyes Vizag and Vijayawada Metro Rail

The multinational company is keen on supplying metro cars to Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada where the projects are proposed

विसाखपटनम Visakhapatnam (VSKP):  Multinational aerospace and transportation company Bombardier Transportation sees a very good potential for metro rail projects proposed in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.

The $18-billion company, which set up its Indian arm Bombardier Transportation India Private Limited after it bagged $1-billion metro car contract for Delhi Metro, now has set up Euro 30-million factory at Savli in Gujarat with a production capacity of 360 cars per annum.

The world’s largest rail vehicle manufacturing company is all set to export 450 cars to Australia from its Indian unit. It has also set its eyes on emerging market in South East Asia.

Bombardier Transportation India Chief Country Representative Harsh Dhingra told media on Tuesday that after successfully supplying 600 metro cars and commissioning the signalling system in Delhi, the company was targeting Vizag Metro Rail and subsequently Vijayawada Metro Rail to supply cars and do signalling.

He said they were expecting the bidding process for Vizag Metro to start in 2015-16 and to be completed in 2019. They were also hopeful that the metro rail project would start soon in Nagpur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kochi, and Pune.

Other suppliers

Koreans and BEML are the other metro car suppliers in India. “Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is a visionary. We are expecting that after clearance by the State Cabinet, both Vizag and Vijayawada Metro Rail Projects will start rolling in a time-bound manner,” Mr. Dhingra, a whole-time director in-charge of transportation, said.

He also disclosed that with the NDA government looking at opportunities for multinationals to invest in core sectors through their Indian arm, they would like to establish a mega project for locomotive manufacturing.

AP ropes in Sreedharan as Princiapl Advisor for Vijayawada and Vizag Metro Rail Projects

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr.N.Chandrababu Naidu announces his decision to elect Dr.E.Sreedharan as Principal Advisor for Metro Rail projects in Residual Andhra post bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh for carving out Telangana – wanted Dr.Sreedharan to prepare a feasibility report for a rail based mass rapid transit system at Vizag and Vijayawada

‘Metro man’ E. Sreedharan with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad on Monday.
‘Metro man’ Dr.E.Sreedharan with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad on Monday.

Hyderabad (HYD): In a major step towards realising the dreams of metro rail for Andhra Pradesh, the State government has appointed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Principal Advisor Dr.E. Sreedharan as its Principal Advisor for metro rail projects. Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu announced a decision to this effect after a meeting with Dr.Sreedharan at his office on Monday. He announced the government’s intentions to set up metro rail projects in Visakhapatnam and VGTM (Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri) area.  Setting the ball rolling for its metro rail projects, the Andhra Pradesh government today assigned Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) to construct the twin projects at Vishakapatnam and Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalgiri (VGTM) and the proposed one at the temple town of Tirupati .

Mr.Naidu wanted the DMRC principal advisor to complete both the projects in three and a half years time. He wanted Dr.Sreedharan to prepare a feasibility report for a rail based mass rapid transit system. The State government also proposed a metro rail project for Tirupati, but works on the project would be initiated once the projects in Visakhapatnam and VGTM areas were completed. Dr.Sreedharan assured the Chief Minister that the DMRC would support and assist the State government in every way possible, according to an official press release.

Sreedharan takes part in Hyderabad Metro train test runs

Metroman and Ex.MD of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Dr.E.Sreedharan and HMR MD N.V.S.Reddy jointly participated in a Metro train test run on Monday from Nagole to the Survey of India metro station. They have also inspected various facilities of Uppal Metro Rail depot and Nagole station.

Appreciating the innovative design features of Hyderabad metro stations and the extreme engineering pre-cast techniques adopted in viaduct and station construction by L&T, Dr. Sreedharan stated that the metro project will bring many more laurels to the fast growing metro rail sector in the country, to Hyderabad and the L&T Group.

Mr.Reddy thanked Dr.Sreedharan for participating in the test run, checking the facilities coming up and sought his continued guidance. L&TMRHL P.D.M.P.Naidu, Rail Systems head A.K.Saini, Keolis MD Emanuel Kuhn and senior engineers were present – a press release said.

Feasibility of Metro Rail for Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali Corridor yet to be assessed

Mega project hits several roadblocks even before preparation of DPR

विजयवाड़ा Vijayawada (BZA): The city of victory – Vijayawada – is heading to have a rail-based Mass Rapid Transit System, if the hurried move to implement the metro rail project is an indication.

Though the State government is keen to pump more than Rs.14,700 crore for metro rail project in a stretch of 49 km in the next six to seven years, its viability is a billion dollar question.

The Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA) hasn’t received any expression of interest (EOI) application so far to carry out the feasibility study for the mega project, which is mandatory before the preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR). The last date for receiving the EOI is September 1 and the UDA would spend Rs. 25 crore on the DPR preparation.

Further, the passenger mobility criteria have emerged as another issue for the project to be materialised.

BZA Metro“The urban mobility has to be more than 15,000 per hour, if the project has to be successful. But, the fact is the mobility is less than 2,000 per hour in Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali circuit and it is in the range of 2,500 to 3,000 per hour in Gannavaram-Gollapudi corridor. These two corridors are slated for phase-1,” UDA sources say.

“Going by the experience in Hyderabad,” UDA sources say, “the government would have to spend Rs.300 crore per km to lay an elevated corridor for metro rail.”

Meanwhile, the question in the minds of people is as to why the government has chosen to implement the project between Gannavaram – Gollapudi and Kankipadu – Vijayawada, if the capital is to come up between Vijayawada and Guntur.

The reasons cited by the government are that there is a need to develop urban transport system as the capital would be located between Vijayawada and Guntur and the metro rail is incorporated in the AP Reorganisation Act.

CPI (M) city secretary Ch.Babu Rao said that though the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has spent crores of rupees on the BRTS project, it is yet to see the light.

“Going by this experience, the government has to prepare a comprehensive plan for development of the region,” he said.

It may be noted that the BRTS project is in limbo, even after the VMC has spent more than Rs.80 crore.

The Union government has already asked the corporation to refund the funds released for it.

However, Urban Planning experts from top Consultancy Firms have cautioned on the rapid urbanization for Vijayawada and Guntur in the next 10 years and indicated that Vijayawada and Guntur to cross even Pune and Coimbatore in terms of investments and infrastructure development  – mostly from the manufacturing sector due to high availability of qualified manpower compared to other parts of the country which is an indicative for proper planning of future transportation requirements in this particular geography in mind.

Andhra state cabinet approve Metro Rail projects for Vizag, Vijayawada

विजयवाड़ा Vijayawada (BZA): The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Friday approved Metro rail projects for Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri regions.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Andhra Pradesh I.T.Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy said that a Special Purpose Vehicle would be established to mobilise funds and implement the projects.

Metro rail project proposal for Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali corridor gain momentum

Union Urban Development Secretary Dr.Sudhir Krishna visits Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri areas

UDD Sudhir Krishnaविजयवाड़ा Vijayawada (BZA): The Central government is keen on implementing metro rail project in the State. Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali are being considered for the metro rail project, according to Union Urban Development Ministry Secretary Sudhir Krishna. Dr. Krishna and his team visited Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali on Wednesday.

Dr. Krishna said the metro rail would be a circuit transport system which would connect Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali cities. The project could be completed in 3 to 4 years covering a distance 20 to 25 km.

“The government, however, is asked to explore other means of mass transport like ‘mono rail’, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and tramways. The State government shall prepare a feasibility report. The Centre would extend financial support based on the project’s feasibility,” he said.

Vijayawada Metro

The idea was to provide mass transport system in the cities to ease the ever-growing traffic. The metro rail would stop at every 1-km. “In fact, the metro rail concept was incorporated in AP Reorganisation Act. So, we are studying the feasibility,” he said.

Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali, Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA) made a presentation that the region would have a population of 1.11 crore by 2031. Formation of State capital and setting up of other institutions would generate a multi-fold demand for mass transit system.

Urban mobility was expected to be more than 15,000 per hour in priority corridors.

There was a need to develop separate metro corridors to ease traffic in the city and increase mobility. A corridor from Hanuman Junction to Kanchikacherla via Gannavaram, Vijayawada and Ibrahimpatnam could be developed.

A corridor from Pamarru to Vijayawada covering a distance of 40 km, another corridor between Vijayawada and Edlapadu via Guntur covering a distance of 68 km and a 100-km circular corridor connecting Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali need to be developed, UDA officials said.

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.

Metro proposals for Vizag and Vijayawada move at snail pace

Hyderabad:  Even after a gap of more than a year, Andhra Pradesh government has failed to push forward the prestigious metro rail projects envisaged in the Mobility Plan constituted for the cities of Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.

Sources said showing little interest in the projects, the Transport department has failed to do even the basic homework required for the preparation of the Detail Project Report (DPR). “Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada fulfill the criteria for having Metro Rail service as both of these have more than 10 lakh population,” sources said, adding that Metro projects have been kept in the Mobility Plans as a solution to ease the increasing traffic rush in the two cities. Sources said the Transport department had engaged Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) to prepare a comprehensive mobility plan for Visakhapatnam and for Vijayawada to have circuit metro connect with Guntur and Tenali regions after taking all aspects of mobility, including pedestrians, covering long term and short term measures into account to overcome traffic congestion and introduction of metro.  But, they said, even after holding series of meetings, the department was yet to prepare the DPR.

Sources said while the state government has in advance put a demand of Rs.30,000 crore before the Centre, but on the project formation, it has not progressed.

The Transport department has done nothing on this front. Recently few officials pulled up the functionaries and gave them two months time to come up with the DPR.

Sources said the Union Urban Development Ministry was taking keen interest in introduction of Metro Rail service in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada (connecting Guntur-Vijayawada-Tenali) and offered volunteer support but the State did not approach the ministry for any assistance. However, Minister for Planning and Development, Ajay Sadhotra said the project was under the active consideration of the Centre and the state government was also busy in the process of DPR formation.  Pertinently earlier this year, state Planning department has demanded an estimated Rs.30,000 crore for the project from central government, which asked the government to first submit the  Detail Project Report.