Ramganj Chaupar Metro corridor to be kept on hold

JAIPUR: The extension of Jaipur Metro Phase (I) B underground tunnel up to Ramganj Chaupar in the Walled City area might have to be stopped as it could otherwise delay the operation of the corridor between Chandpole and Badi Chaupar after completion.

In March, a high-powered committee chaired by chief secretary D B Gupta decided to extend Jaipur Metro Phase (I) B underground corridor up to Ramganj Chaupar by increasing its total length by nearly 600 metres.

Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) is constructing Phase-IB corridor which has underground length of 2.4km from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar. A source at urban housing and development (UDH) department said, “The corridor extension will not happen anytime soon. Our priority is to make the Chandpole to Badi Chaupar corridor first. Detail Project Report (DPR) for extension will be prepared later. The extension could also delay the operation of corridor, which is on verge of completion.”

JMRC had earlier estimated an expenditure of Rs 280 crore to construct this underground corridor. “Primarily, it appears that the extension would not be financially viable and the area could be easily covered by feeder services. The state government decided to spend Rs 160 crore to extend this corridor. It already has Rs 120 crore in the account, which was taken as loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and has not been utilised so far. It would be difficult to arrange for the additional funds,” added source.

Though uncertainty prevails over extension of IB, JMRC focus is intact for Jaipur Metro-II project proposed between Ambabari and Sitapura. The state government has appointed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for preparing a revised DPR. A senior JMRC official said, “The corporation will submit its DPR till December.” The project estimates that 4,05,065 passengers will use metro in 2026 if project is commissioned.