JMRC invites AMT Inc for Phase-II Metro Rail construction

Jaipur: A four-member delegation from American Maglev Technology (AMT) has been invited by Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) to see the presentation and invest in the Phase-II Metro Rail project under public private partnership (PPP) model after receiving no response from other foreign countries.

JMRC project director, Ashwani Saxena, said, “The meeting with the delegation will also be attended by Ashok Jain, Additional Chief Secretary, UDH, and N.C.Goel, Chairman and Managing Director, JMRC. We are hopeful to receive a positive response from the American company.”

A senior official said the estimate cost for Phase-II is Rs 10,000 crore. It has been proposed that the state government will provide 40% as viability gap funding to the awarded company. The remaining amount, which is 60%, will be borne by the state government and the company.

Also, the operation and maintenance of Phase-I (B) will only be handed over after the firm completes phase II. JMRC, till date, has approached six foreign companies and negotiations are underway. An official said, “Recently, a technical team of Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Malaysia was in the city for three days to learn the feasibility of the project. Earlier, a Malaysian delegation led by secretary general, Ministry of Works called Goel in June to discuss the possibilities of partnership.”

After detailed deliberations, it was agreed that China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) will prepare the proposal for taking the project under PPP model and will submit it to JMRC. Similarly, Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA) expressed strong interest in executing phase II vide their letter dates July 24, 2015. “As per the request from embassy of Republic of Korea, a meeting was held between Korean delegation led by assistant minister, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport, and JMRC officials in July. To take this forward the delegation will visit Jaipur.” said an official.

In November, a three-member team of the Industrial Enterprise, Singapore, which gave nod to various international investments, visited Jaipur. JMRC officials claimed that as there are many similarities between the second phase of Jaipur Metro and Singapore Metro, the PPP will be a successful model.

AMT, Inc. is a technology developer focused on innovating and commercializing novel intellectual property, chiefly focused on magnetics. The management team combines for more than thirty years of experience and US $10 billion in completed projects.

Chandpole Gate is safe, Metro work will cause no cracks on Chandpole Gate, says JMRC Experts on the job

The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) is taking extra precaution in digging the tunnel beneath the Chandpole Gate, which is a heritage monument of the city.

The digging is being done under the supervision of American experts, and JMRC claims that Chandpole Gate would not sustain any damage during the tunnelling process of the underground metro corridor.

It is an acid test for the JMRC as digging of tunnel is being done just five meter away from the heritage gate. Project director Ashawani Saxena said, “The tunnel boring machine (TBM) is being operated by an American team, which has even manufactured it. The CEC (Continental Engineer Company) will take over the work once the digging part beneath the gate gets over.”

He added, “A 21-member expert team from America is on duty 24 hours. As we cannot take risk, we have appointed experts.”

However, the JMRC is facing opposition from residents and heritage conservation societies who are alleging that new cracks have been developed in the gate due to vibrations and digging work.

A JMRC official said, “Nearly 12 prisms had been installed on both sides of the gate to keep a check on the vibrations, of which the officials were monitoring the reading every hour. With that, 10 crack meter and six strips of glass have also been put on the gate to receive any information if the cracks widen. Moreover, eight multipoint devices have been installed at the depth of 2.5 meter and 5 meter.”

The official further said, as per the building survey condition, which was conducted before the digging work started, cracks were already recorded in the gate. “As per the record, 15 cracks of 1 mm and 10 cracks of 5 mm were reported at Chandpole Gate. The JMRC had put six strips of glass to cover the cracks,” he added.