Will the ruling Congress get a chance to inaugurate Jaipur Metro?

Jaipur: After missing its deadline twice, the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) has yet again set to miss its third deadline of August 2013.

The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) had formally announced that its project will miss the extended deadline of August 2013.

This means that the ruling Congress government will have to either inaugurate the Jaipur Metro before it is even ready to ferry passengers or altogether miss the opportunity to flag it off.  By August, the election code of conduct is likely to be enforced for the assembly elections due in November-December.

After reviewing the project’s civil and electrification works’ progress reports at its 15th board meeting on Friday, JMRC top officials realized that by August the Metro will be ready only for trial runs and that too between the Mansarovar and Shyam Nagar stations. The Metro’s commercial operation-when it can carry the passengers-will be possible, at the earliest, by October, according to the reports.  However, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials blamed price escalation and shortage of skilled labourers for the delay in project completion.

At the meeting, JMRC approved the design of the smart card to be used by Metro passengers. To decide the fare for various routes, a five-member committee was also constituted. The committee will submit the report in August.

Additionally, the share capital of JMRC is likely to be increased from Rs. 1500 crore to Rs. 2000 crore.