Public transport in Ahmedabad and Surat, Gujarat’s two important business centres, got a much-needed boost when work got underway for the Surat Metro rail and the second phase of the Ahmedabad Metro rail project last month. Being developed as part of an integrated transportation system, the two projects are expected to be complete by the end of 2024.
The Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited (GMRC), a 50:50 special purpose vehicle (SPV) of the Union and state governments, is the implementing agency for the Rs 30,000-crore projects being executed in Gujarat’s commercial capital Ahmedabad and diamond city Surat.
“The Metro projects in Ahmedabad and Surat will not only boost their economies, but also bring about a qualitative change in the way people commute within the cities. These projects would also enhance the floating population in the two cities, which contributes immensely in the overall development of the state,” says Manojkumar Das, additional chief secretary to the Gujarat chief minister.
The 28.3-km Phase-II of the Ahmedabad Metro project would link the newer areas of the city as well as parts of Gujarat’s administrative capital Gandhinagar. It comprises two corridors: Corridor-1, completely elevated, would extend from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir (22.8 km) while Corridor-2 (5.4 km) would run from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) to Gujarat International Finance-Tec City (GIFT City).
Work on the 40-km-long Phase-I of the Ahmedabad Metro project, which covers major parts of the old city, is in full swing and it is expected to be operational by the end of 2022