विसाखपट्नम Visakhapatnam (VSKP): Six consultants have applied for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) on Metro Rail for the city. Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation had earlier in May floated an RFP for consultancy service from reputed Consultants/Planners for preparation of Feasibility Studies and Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Rail Based Mass Rapid Transit System termed as “Vizag Metro” in Greater Visakhapatnam.
At the pre-bid stage, 14 companies had evinced interest, and several queries were raised at a meeting with them. Bids by the six companies will now be evaluated. Preliminary evaluation will be taken up on some of the parameters by the GVMC. “However, the State government has to issue a G.O. forming an expert committee to evaluate the companies that bid,” Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana told reporters on Wednesday.
The evaluation is expected to take three months, first taking technical bids and then financial bids. Once the agency is decided, it will take four months for feasibility report, on the basis of which the DPR will be prepared.
The DPRs would include feasibility for mono rail and feeder networks to metro by the Bus Rapid Transit System as well, said Mr. Satyanarayana.
Though, initially, the bids were for 25-km at an estimated cost of Rs.1.6 crore, they were subsequently increased to 70-km to 80-km increasing the fee pro rata. The GVMC broadly identified five corridors, going by peak traffic density.
The population of Visakhapatnam is about 2 Millions spreading over an area of 630 Sq.Kms. There are about 7 to 8 lakh vehicles are plying in the city and the share of public transport is about 18%.
High Ridership Corridors which also include National Highway from Tagarapuvalasa to Gajuwaka Via Hanumanthawaka, Maddilapalem, NAD Junction and Gajuwaka and also arterial road from Railway Station to Gajuwaka Via.Scindia. There are also potential routes in the outer periphery of the city, which can also be explored for implementing MRTS (Metro) to serve short-term and long-term needs. After the proposal was submitted by the GVMC in February 2014, the Urban Transport Department gave in-principle approval for going ahead with feasibility studies and DPR.
The GVMC has proposed to take up feasibility study for taking up Metro project in the city not only limiting to the above four stretches in the National Highway and with an aim to undertake a sustainable metro corridor for a length of 25 km in the first phase to prepare a detailed project report. The feasibility is not limited to the above four corridors and should study the other routes also to arrive at the most feasible route/s.