New Govt may overhaul Metro Phase-II in Rajasthan: Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation

JAIPUR: The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) is hoping that the formation of a new government might overhaul the Jaipur Metro phase II project which is proposed from Sitapura to Ambabari.

As important decisions like construction of phase II on the engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) or Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and revised routes were not taken during the ruling party’s tenure, the detailed project report (DPR) may witness some revisions in the coming months.

The Congress government intended to link phase II with the Sanganer airport and other important government buildings on the route after they were missed in initial DPR. After that, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in the revised DPR has proposed an underground Metro station at airport near terminal – 2. The train will run underground till Jawahar Circle after which elevated tracks will be constructed till Sindhi Camp bus station. The elevated tracks will cross the bus stand and underground corridor will be constructed after that till Panipech via Collectorate.

A senior JMRC official said, “The estimated cost of the project may go up if underground corridor is constructed. The decision can only be taken after the new government is formed.” Similarly, important decision on the model of the project will be taken when the new government is formed.

During the present government’s tenure, the urban development and housing (UDH) department was also planning to table the proposal for approval in state cabinet meeting to construct the phase-II on the engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) model, similar to phase-I of Mansarovar to Chandpole. The project was earlier proposed to be constructed on PPP model. However, the decision is still pending.

A UDH official said, “On EPC model, the Central government is expected to fund 20% of the project, 20% will be funded by the state government. The department is exploring possibilities to arrange the remaining 60%. It could be arranged as a soft loan from foreign agencies and other departments. The vision of the new government only will give shape to the project.”

Officials claim that the move to re-examine the model was taken after PPP model failed in some states. “In case of PPP models, we have live example of airport link in Delhi Metro, where the company which took on the project delayed it and is now running in losses. PPP model proved to be successful only in highway projects. The other Metro project running on PPP model is in Hyderabad while in Mumbai two lines given to private company also set a bad example,” said a senior official.