GMDA invites firms to study feasibility of Guwahati Metro Rail project

GUWAHATI: The ambitious Guwahati Metro Rail project got a much-needed impetus after a global tender notice inviting requests for proposal (RFP) for selection of a consultant to carry out a feasibility study and preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for a rail-based mass rapid transit system (MRTS) in Guwahati was recently published by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA).

The RFP was cleared by the government before the GMDA floated tenders to invite firms. A source said work for the ambitious metro rail project in Guwahati is likely to start in 2015.

GMDA chief executive officer M Angamuthu said the concept paper and terms of reference for the MRTS in Guwahati was approved by the Union ministry of urban development in July. “The concept paper enumerates the feasibility study for 196km of tracks and preparation of the DPR for phase-I (65km) covering a metropolitan area of 2205 sq km to cater to a population of 2.4 million,” Angamuthu said on Thursday.

Three corridors will be covered under the project in phase-I. These are from the airport to Narengi, Paltan Bazar to Khanapara and Khanapara to Jalukbari.

A GMDA statement said the total project cost for first phase will be about Rs 14,000 crore. The state government has already allocated Rs 1,800 crore for the project.

Angamuthu said the feasibility report will examine the competitive profile of the suggested system in comparison to other mass transit modes, taking into consideration future population, land use and employment.

“The feasibility report would also indicate the cost-effective solution in terms of the transit system cost and the transit operation and maintenance cost of the system along with alternative models for directly or indirectly financing such an initiative,” he added.

“The DPR would reveal the details of the suggested system in the feasibility study,” Angamuthu added.

The state government has designated the GMDA as the nodal agency for carrying out the feasibility study and preparation of the DPR.