Ahmedabad: Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad (MEGA) Co. Ltd yesterday announced issuance of the Letter of Acceptance (LoA) to a Systra-led consortium for appointment of the General Engineering Consultant (GEC) for the project.
The consortium is led by Systra S.A., a global leader in mass transit and rail engineering. The consortium includes partners such as RITES Ltd from India, Oriental Consultants Global Co Ltd from Japan and AECOM Asia Co Ltd from Hong Kong.
The new GEC apparently replaces Delhi Metro Rail Corporation who has been working as the interim consultant since September 2014.
The engineering consultancy services cover design review and commissioning of Phase I of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project in relation to all civil structures, alignment, tracks, signals, telecom facilities, traction arrangement, power supply, rolling stocks, stations, depots, offices, bridges, flyovers, fire alarm, fire detection, public health & environment.
The consortium will also monitor all contract works in progress, identify any delay from schedule including coordination conflicts and recommend measures to eliminate or mitigate problems.
The appointment is expected to accelerate construction and commissioning of the project in a phased manner.
Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad is an under construction mass transit rail system for the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. MEGA Co. Ltd was established in February 2010 as a 50/50 special purpose vehicle of the Governments of India and Gujarat to execute the project.
Phase 1 was approved in October 2014 and is expected to complete by December 2018. Construction started in March this year, with Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel performing the ground breaking ceremony.
The project comprises two corridors:
- The 20.31 km East-West Corridor from Thaltej to Vastral Gam will have 13.71 km elevated and 6.6 km underground. It will touch Nirant Crossing, Rabari Colony, Amraiwadi, Kankaria, Kalupur Railway Station, Gheekanta, Shahpur, Stadium, Commerce Six-Road, Gujarat University, Gurkul and Doordarsham.
- The 15.29 km North-South Corridor will be totally elevated from APMC Market in Vasna to Motera Stadium. It will touch Anjali, Paldi, Madalpur, Nava Gandhigram, Usmanpura, Vadaj, Ranip, Sabarmati and AEC.
Mumbai-based J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd is building the first 6 kms of the project between Vastral Gam and Apparel Park.
MEGA has also recently awarded the contract for the construction of 6 stations.