Vijayawada Metro: DMRC mulls Metro corridor to Thullur

Possibility of constructing bridge on Krishna to be explored

Vijayawada:  The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will conduct a feasibility study on connecting Vijayawada with Thullur, the proposed capital area, through Metro rail. The DMRC will also explore the possibility of constructing a bridge on Krishna, connecting Vijayawada and Guntur in Phase-I of the Metro rail project.

E. Sreedharan, Principal Adviser to the Government on Metro Rail, is learnt to have asked DMRC officials to study the feasibility of building metro corridors in the capital region. The Metro rail corridor, a rail-based Mass Rapid Transit System, will be extended to the Kanaka Durga temple from the Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS). The Trisakthi Peetham, situated just beside the PNBS, has been found to be an obstacle. Officials were told to ensure that the design would be such that it would not damage the structure, sources say.

Another major hurdle noticed is the width of Eluru Road. A two-way Metro Rail on Eluru Road might not be possible on the stretch, as it requires not less than a space of eight metres to construct the elevated corridor. So, the DMRC will have to look for another stretch to provide two-way access from Ramavarappadu to the Railway Station and further, sources say.

Besant Road is an important junction in view of huge structures and residential buildings. The Metro Rail from the Railway Station will join Eluru Road via Alankar Centre. It was noticed that South India Shopping Mall and a residential building located near Lenin Centre would come in the way, sources say.

Two flyovers, which are under construction near Gunadala, may come up in the way of the Metro project. The ramps of two flyovers – one being constructed by the Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department and another by the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri-Development-Authority (VGTMUDA), now the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) – will touch Eluru Road near Gunadala. DMRC officials have been asked to coordinate with both agencies.

  • Officials told to ensure that the design will not damage Trisakthi Peetham
  • Two flyovers near Gunadala may obstruct the Metro Rail project