Jaipur Metro – a Milestone in India, but misses World Record

JAIPUR: Despite delay in the commercial operation of the Jaipur Metro, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) claims the project has set a new record for conducting the fastest trial run in the country.

The foundation stone for the project was laid in November 2010, after which (DMRC) took two years and nine months to conduct the trial runs. N C Goel, Chairman and Managing Director of Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC), said, “So far, we are the fastest to conduct the trial run in the country.”

Concurring the view, former DMRC project director Lalit Meghnani said, “Construction of Delhi’s first metro corridor took approximately five years. This is the only project to conduct the trial runs so fast.”

Had the Jaipur Metro completed on time, it could have made a world record for the fastest construction of a Metro rail project. The project has witnessed many stumbling blocks. Work at several sites on the 9.25 km-long stretch from Mansarovar to Chandpole came to a halt after Rajasthan High Court banned sand mining from Banas river in May. Moreover, continuous accidents and rain had also hampered the work.

“The empowered committee, appointed to acquire the land and redress the public grievances, had done magnificent job. Majority of the projects are delayed due to land acquisition issues. With public support and efficient team efforts we did not face this problem in this project,” added Goel

A senior DMRC official blamed current price rise in building materials for the slow pace of the construction work. “With the rise in prices of steel and cement, the input cost of the construction has increased. This has made the project a loss making entity for the agencies and that is the reason they are showing less interest. To ensure that the agencies remain motivated, the minister played an important role,” said the official.

Apart from getting completed in record time, the Jaipur metro rail project has made some another record – for the first time in the country a sharp curve of 120 metre radius has been given by the (DMRC).

As the project is already delayed for commercial operation, the DMRC now plans to complete the civil construction work of the elevated track from Mansarovar to the railway station. “As it seems nearly impossible to complete the entire project on time, the DMRC will construct the tracks and run the metro from Mansarovar to the railway station. The complete project is expected to be start within 3 months after that.”