Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated phase 1 of the Ahmedabad Metro rail project. He inaugurated the metro rail stretch on the city’s East-West corridor from Kalupur station, where he reached in the Vande Bharat Express train that he flagged off from Gandhinagar railway station.
The Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project is a monumental boost to multimodal infrastructure connectivity. Phase-I of the Ahmedabad Metro project comprises about 32 km of the East-West corridor from Apparel Park to Thaltej and the North-South corridor between Motera to Gyaspur. The Thaltej-Vastral route in the East-West corridor has 17 stations. This corridor also has a 6.6 km underground section with four stations. The 19 km North-South corridor that connects Gyaspur to Motera Stadium has 15 stations. The entire Phase 1 project is built at a cost of more than ₹12,900 crores. This metro corridor will have 96 coaches, 129 elevators, 161 escalators, and 126 entry/exit points.
He added that this is the first time in the history of metro in India that a 32km long stretch has been operationalized in one go. He also observed the fast completion of the project despite the challenge of constructing a metro track over the railway line.
Ahmedabad Metro is a massive state of art infrastructure project involving underground tunnels, viaducts & bridges, elevated and underground station buildings, ballastless rail tracks and driverless train operation compliant rolling stock, etc. The metro train set is equipped with an energy-efficient propulsion system that can save about 30-35% of energy consumption. The train has a state of art suspension system providing a very smooth riding experience to passengers.
Thaltej, Doordarshan Kendra, Gurukul Road, Gujarat University, Commerce Six Roads, SP Stadium, Old High Court, Shahpur, Gheekanta, Kalupur Railway Station, Kankaria (East), Apparel Park, Amraiwadi, Rabari Colony, Vastral, Nirant Crossroad, and Vastral Gaam.
The second phase of the Metro project will connect the state capital Gandhinagar with Ahmedabad, which will essentially be the expansion of the first phase. This phase will have two corridors including 22.8 km from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir, having 20 stations, and a 5.4 km route from Gujarat National Law University to GIFT City having two stations. The entire Phase II will be on an elevated route.