Jaipur: To cut costs, Metro phase-II route will be totally elevated

Jaipur Metro phase-II corridor proposed between Ambabari and Sitapura, which was scheduled to run partially underground, will be entirely elevated. To reduce the cost of the Rs 13,000-crore project, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed to construct approximately 23-km corridor overground.

Sources said the DMRC had prepared the revised DPR, which is likely to be forwarded to the state government this week. The approval of detailed project report (DPR) will be made in the state cabinet meeting.

The project cost is expected to be reduced to half if it is elevated. “Now, we have proposed to construct an elevated corridor on major part of the route. While construction cost of an elevated corridor is Rs 200 crore per km, it goes up Rs 550 crore per km underground,” said a senior Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) official.

In the DPR prepared in 2014, it was mentioned that project required land worth Rs 2,000 crore. “It would require less amount than mentioned in the previous DPR. The estimated cost for acquiring land will be reduced to Rs 800,” said a source

The official further said Metro stations, which will be constructed under the Jaipur Metro Phase-II, will not be lavish and spacious as the existing ones. JMRC has proposed to construct small structures, which would occupy less land and need less funds. The decision was taken after taking a cue from Delhi and Chennai. To bring the cost down, suggestion to run three coaches has been also been proposed.

“Many cities in past adopted rationalisation method during the construction of new Metro projects. In Jaipur too, few ways including reducing width of the viaduct by 15%, cutting down length of Metro stations, reducing size of the two Metro rail depots and outsourcing fare collection system are proposed,” said a JMRC official.

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