Rs.1,950.14 Crore spent on Phase I of Ahmedabad Metro

AHMEDABAD: In the five financial years from 2011-12, the state government spent Rs 1,950.14 crore on the Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), in Ahmedabad city, and received Rs 351.21 crore from the Centre.

However, the state government saw a whopping Rs 850 crore spent on the project go down the drain. I P Gautam, the managing director of MEGA said that in 2004-05, Rs 3.50 crore was paid for a detailed project report. This DPR could not be used, as the government could not get railway land in Thaltej.

“Another DPR was prepared in 2011-12, and some Rs 840 crore were used, of which half was spent on reclaiming land in the Sarbarmati river for a depot. This amount was also wasted, as the project was forced to revise its plan again in 2014-15. This plan has now been implemented,” said Gautam.

Meanwhile in the assembly, in reply to a question by Dariapur MLA Gyasuddin Shaikh, the state government said that in 2014-15 and 2015-16, it had spent more than Rs 1,300 crore. In reply to Viramgam MLA Tejashree Patel, the state said that the Centre allocated Rs 100 crore in 2015 and Rs 251.21 crore in 2016, as its share in the project. From 2011-12 to 2013-14, the Centre did not allocate any funds for the metro project.

The government further said it will spend Rs 2,717 crore on the project, of which Rs 1,412 crore will be in equity. The Centre will allocate Rs 1,990 crore of which Rs 1,412 crore will be in equity. The government said it spent Rs 146.77 crore in 2011-12, Rs 294.03 crore in 2012-13, 198.78 crore in 2013-14, Rs 348.79 crore in 2014-2015 and Rs 960.77 crore in 2015-16. The government said work on the elevated corridor has begun and a 6km stretch, between Vastral and Apparel Park, will be operational by the end of 2017.