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.