French firm Systra-led Consortium roped in for Ahmedabad Metro project

The metro train project is being executed by Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad Co. Ltd. The decision was taken in the Project Committee meeting of the company held on 31st August in New Delhi and LoA was issued to the consortium on 4th September, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Systra India LtdAhmedabad: French mass transit and rail engineering company Systra SA-led consortium has been roped in as the general engineering consultant (GEC) for the first phase of the Ahmedabad metro rail project.

The metro train project is being executed by Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad (MEGA) Co. Ltd, a 50:50 special purpose vehicle formed by Govt. of India and Govt. of Gujarat.

The project has faced many delays in the past due to several reasons including alleged financial irregularities by some company officials. A detailed project report (DPR) prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in 2004 had projected that the metro rail would be ready by 2010 to commute over 6lakh passengers daily.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be about Rs.9,000 crore. Daily ridership on the Ahmedabad metro rail network in 2021 is expected to be 460,000 passengers and the average trip length is expected to be 6.68 km at that time.

This decision was taken in the Project Committee meeting of the company held on 31st August in New Delhi and LoA was issued to the consortium on 4th September, the company said in a statement on Monday.

The consortium also includes RITES Ltd from India, Oriental Consultants Global Co. Ltd from Japan and AECOM Asia Co. Ltd from Hong Kong as members.

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