Gujarat approaches Center for Metro funding

Ahmedabad (ADI): After almost eight years, the Gujarat government has approached Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) once again for preparing a detailed project report for the Ahmedabad Metro. Last month, the state government had approached the Union urban development department for funding under JNNURM.

Apart from Gujarat, the states and Union territories which have approached urban development ministry for metro rail projects are Chandigarh administration for tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula metro rail project, Maharashtra for Pune metro rail project, Punjab for Ludhiana Metro Rail project and UP for Lucknow Metro Rail project.

Among mass transit systems, including the BRTS, the metro rail across cities has managed a high conversion rate—which means private vehicle owners taking to mass transport. The Delhi Metro for instance achieved a major milestone on August 8 last year when it recorded the highest ever ridership figure of 25.04 lakh ridership on that day. This record was also subsequently broken on August 19 when 26.06 lakh commuters traveled by the system.

“The Ahmedabad BRTS for instance, despite its 84km network has garnered a maximum of 1.25 lakh commuters. This passenger figure has not changed since the last four years. Back in 2010 when the BRTS network was 45km it had reached a passenger load of 1.15 lakh commuters,” says a senior urban development official.