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Old November 7th, 2011, 06:05 AM   #1
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Visakhapatnam Metro Rail | Approved

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Old November 7th, 2011, 06:08 AM   #2
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Metro rail for port city on the cards

VISAKHAPATNAM: While Hyderabad Metro Rail project doesn't seem to go on rails in the near future, the port city could have a metro network of its own in the coming three years if everything goes as per plan.

A Switzerland-based international company, Smart Network, has come forward to build the rail system in three phases in Vizag to offer better transport facilities and ensure hassle-free commuting for passengers. Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) commissioner B Ramanjaneyulu told TOI that the Swiss firm has evinced keen interest to put in place the rail network.

"We have asked them to submit the detailed project report (DPR). Once they come with that, we will call for tenders. We would also seek permission of the state and central governments before going ahead with the project," he said. A technical committee from Switzerland would visit the city soon to carry out feasibility studies and structural surveys.

The GVMC chief said that Vizag desperately needs a rail network that would ease traffic congestion. "Notwithstanding the population boom, vehicles are increasing every year," he pointed out.

Sources said the authorities are looking at investments of Rs 10,000 crore in each phase for the new metro rail. Smart CEO D Sridhar, who visited the city on Saturday, expressed his desire to set up the rail network. "We requested the authorities to examine the possibilities of constructing metro or mono or light rail systems in the city. We have vast experience in constructing metro rail networks in European countries," he said.

This project would be taken up under build, operate and transfer (BOT) mode. Before going ahead, GVMC will have to pass a resolution in the council. Sources said the Swiss company would give a power-point presentation to the municipal administration minister and senior officials soon.

"GVMC would not spend a single rupee as Smart Network would provide technology and fund the project," an official stated.

Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), a dedicated bus line system, with funding of JNNURM is already being planned for the city. Out of the eight corridors proposed for BRTS, work on two corridors is under way. "If metro rail comes to the city, the transport system would be trouble-free for the commuters," a resident of MVP Colony said.

Sources said the first phase would be within the core area of the greater city spread over 534 sq km. Peripheral areas like Bhimili, Anakapalli and nearest places of Viziangaram would be covered in the second phase and Tuni in East Godavari and some areas in Srikakulam would be brought under the metro rail network in the third phase. Officials said each station will have shopping malls and business establishments for the benefit of passengers.

As per estimates, the greater city population, which is now 20 lakh, would reach one crore by 2040. "If everything goes well, the city will have the metro rail system by the end of 2015," Ramanjaneyulu added.

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Old November 20th, 2011, 09:11 PM   #3
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How exciting!!

Please post some details, like a projected map, and other technical details as far as possible.
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Old November 20th, 2011, 10:30 PM   #4
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VISAKHAPATNAM: While Hyderabad Metro Rail project doesn't seem to go on rails in the near future, the port city could have a metro network of its own in the coming three years if everything goes as per plan.

A Switzerland-based international company, Smart Network, has come forward to build the rail system in three phases in Vizag to offer better transport facilities and ensure hassle-free commuting for passengers. Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) commissioner B Ramanjaneyulu told TOI that the Swiss firm has evinced keen interest to put in place the rail network.

"We have asked them to submit the detailed project report (DPR). Once they come with that, we will call for tenders. We would also seek permission of the state and central governments before going ahead with the project," he said. A technical committee from Switzerland would visit the city soon to carry out feasibility studies and structural surveys.

The GVMC chief said that Vizag desperately needs a rail network that would ease traffic congestion. "Notwithstanding the population boom, vehicles are increasing every year," he pointed out.

Sources said the authorities are looking at investments of Rs 10,000 crore in each phase for the new metro rail. Smart CEO D Sridhar, who visited the city on Saturday, expressed his desire to set up the rail network. "We requested the authorities to examine the possibilities of constructing metro or mono or light rail systems in the city. We have vast experience in constructing metro rail networks in European countries," he said.

This project would be taken up under build, operate and transfer (BOT) mode. Before going ahead, GVMC will have to pass a resolution in the council. Sources said the Swiss company would give a power-point presentation to the municipal administration minister and senior officials soon.

"GVMC would not spend a single rupee as Smart Network would provide technology and fund the project," an official stated.

Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), a dedicated bus line system, with funding of JNNURM is already being planned for the city. Out of the eight corridors proposed for BRTS, work on two corridors is under way. "If metro rail comes to the city, the transport system would be trouble-free for the commuters," a resident of MVP Colony said.

Sources said the first phase would be within the core area of the greater city spread over 534 sq km. Peripheral areas like Bhimili, Anakapalli and nearest places of Viziangaram would be covered in the second phase and Tuni in East Godavari and some areas in Srikakulam would be brought under the metro rail network in the third phase. Officials said each station will have shopping malls and business establishments for the benefit of passengers.

As per estimates, the greater city population, which is now 20 lakh, would reach one crore by 2040. "If everything goes well, the city will have the metro rail system by the end of 2015," Ramanjaneyulu added.

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way to go Visakhapatnam!
even if it takes a couple of years more - good to start thinking ahead!
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Old November 21st, 2011, 12:40 AM   #5
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Awesome, way to go Vizag!
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Old November 27th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #6
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It should not be practical to start a metro service here just now. It must not before 2015.

Meanwhile, it could make a light-rail or monorail, for a true profitable service.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 01:37 PM   #7
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Metro Rail in the pipeline

Visakhapatnam: The Vizag civic body staff are awaiting a nod from the state government to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for introduction of metro rail in the city. Following the announcement of Metro Rail policy in the beginning of the year by the Union government, the GVMC staff here prepared a report having details about the cost to be incurred to prepare a DPR for a 20-km stretch, the present and projected population besides vehicular movement.

The GVMC estimated that it would cost at least Rs 8 lakh per kilometer to prepare a DPR. For the initial 20-km stretch, it costs Rs 1.6 crore, just to prepare a DPR. Both the state and union governments would equally share the total cost to prepare the DPR. It is estimated that there are around 6 lakh two-wheelers and four-wheelers plying on the city roads, having two million population. It is projected that the population would touch around 1 crore by 2045.

Union Minister for Urban Development, Kamalnath, earlier said that since the metro rail is a matter related to the Union, it has been decided that all such projects in the country, whether within one municipal area or beyond, shall be taken up under the Central Metro Acts. There are metros in Kolkata, Delhi, and Bangalore. Metro works are in progress in several cities including Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and Kochi.

“It’s at the initial stage. We have written to the state government about the cost that would be incurred to prepare a DPR for a 20-km stretch, which is about Rs 1.6 crore. After we get a nod, we will start preparing a DPR which may take roughly 6-8 months and then there will be a feasibility test,” GVMC additional commissioner (projects), B. Nagendra Kumar said.
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Old December 31st, 2013, 09:16 PM   #8
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VISAKHAPATNAM: The Centre has given an in-principle nod for the preparation of a detail project report (DPR) for the proposed Rs 4,000 crore Vizag metro rail project, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) commissioner MV Satyanarayana said here on Monday.

Interacting with media persons in his chamber, the civic chief said that the cost of the DPR alone would be Rs 1.6 crore and the civic body would soon forward a report on the 'terms of reference' to the Centre for the finalization of a consultancy agency to prepare the DPR for the project.

The civic chief expressed the hope that the project would kick off in 2014 if all the formal works, including the DPR, are completed quickly. According to him, the metro rail project was the need of the hour for a fast developing city like Visakhapatnam, which is now spread over 681.96 square kilometres and has a population of 21,91,811, which is almost half of Vizag district's population.

On GVMC's achievements for the year, the civic chief said the civic body had sincerely tried to complete various projects and schemes during 2013 and would try to finish the pending works by the end of the financial year in March 2014.

"Already 12 out of the 21 projects sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) have been completed at a cost of Rs 1,663.97 crore so far as against the total cost of Rs 2,121.11 crore for the 21 projects. The remaining works are under various stages of progress," Satyanarayana said.
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Old December 31st, 2013, 09:32 PM   #9
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Awesome! AP loves PPP projects alot! Hopefully this gets going without any delays.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 09:09 AM   #11
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Old February 25th, 2014, 09:42 AM   #13
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VISAKHAPATNAM: With the bifurcation going through in Parliament, the Centre is keen on developing metro rail projects at three locations in the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, including Visakhapatnam, Guntur and Vijayawada. However, the condition is that the civic body must have a population of a minimum 20 lakh.

As the population of Visakhapatnam city has already crossed 20 lakh, civic officials are hopeful of grabbing this opportunity and a team of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) officials, including commissioner MV Satyanarayana and executive engineer KVN Ravi, were invited to New Delhi to discuss projects, including metro rail. The GVMC officials were invited by officials from the Union ministry of urban development and transport after they got the metro rail project file from the state government that was sanctioned earlier when chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was in the chief minister.

Speaking to TOI from New Delhi, GVMC commissioner Satyanarayana confirmed that the Centre is keen on the sanctioning metro rail projects for three urban areas in residuary Andhra Pradesh including Visakhapatnam. "As Vizag already meets the 20 lakh population criteria the ministry has asked us to get ready for the preparation of the detail project report (DPR). If the project is sanctioned to GVMC, the centre will financially allocate nearly 90% of the funds as part of a special package for residuary Andhra Pradesh. The rest of the funds will be borne by the state government," Satyanarayana added.

The Centre also suggested that GVMC select four important routes that are not connected to any urban transport projects including the existing bus rapid transport system (BRTS) in the GVMC limits. If the project transforms into reality, the Centre will allocate Rs 200-250 crore to develop one km stretch of the metro rail project. "GVMC has already kept four important routes in mind to disclose to the Centre if the opportunity arises. These four routes are in no way connected to the existing BRTS roads in the city," Satyanarayana added.

The merger of Ankapalle and Bheemili municipalities will have proven to be a boon to GVMC if the metro rail project get sanctioned, the civic chief said, adding that it would have to be developed within six to seven years if sanctioned.
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Andhra bifurcation may put Vizag on track for Rs 5,000cr metro rail project

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At last good news for vizag

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Poll code haunts Vizag Metro project

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Though the Centre had given its green signal to the GVMC to prepare a detailed project report (DPR), the model code, which was imposed earlier this month, is likely to delay this crucial phase of the work. However, the civic body is now trying to seek the state chief electoral officer's approval to go ahead with the DPR preparation work. [...]

"The Centre is keen on the Metro rail project and has sanctioned two such projects to residual AP. While the Vizag project is confirmed, another one is to be finalized for either Vijayawada or Guntur. The Centre will allocate 90% of the funds required for the project, while the remaining funds will have to be borne by the state government. If the project gets started this year, it will most likely be completed by 2020," Satyanarayana told TOI.

GVMC has already identified four viable routes in the city for the Metro rail, of which one will be finalized, the civic chief added.
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Four MRT corridors identified



A project proposal submitted by the GVMC to the Ministry of Urban Transport for Metro Rail project has identified four corridors for mass rapid transit (MRT).

The four are on the National Highway from Maddilapalem to NAD Junction (10 km); from the railway station to Gajuwaka via Scindia (14.73 km), Tagarapuvalasa to Hanumanthavaka on the highway (14 km) and NAD Junction to Gajuwaka (8.5 km).

After the proposal was submitted by the GVMC last month, the Urban Transport Department gave in-principle approval for going ahead with feasibility studies and DPR. The GVMC now has to select consultants for it.

The GVMC has proposed to take up feasibility study on the four corridors and to finalise one metro corridor for a length of 25 km in the first phase to prepare a detailed project report at a cost of Rs.1.6 crore. The cost is footed equally by the State and Central Governments.

Municipal Commissioner M V Satyanarayana said on Monday the Central Government promised to foot 90 per cent of the cost of projects in Seemandhra as a part of the bifurcation package and Metro would qualify for such funding. Recently, the Chief Secretary had asked for details of the Metro project.

The four corridors have been identified based on a detailed study under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that prepared Low Carbon Mobility Plan with comprehensive mobility plan and suggesting integrated transport solutions.

The plan says that that future central business districts (CBDs) will be in Gajuwaka, Pendurti and Madhurawada and transport axes will be along these growth corridors.

Earlier, in 2009 the Swedish Institute for Public Administration has conducted a review of Urban Transport Sector and suggested a plan for integrated urban transport solutions. It estimated that travel demand would increase from two million motorised trips per day to almost four million trips by 2021. As of now the city has two Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on Pendurti and Simhachalam corridors. Experts are of the view that depending on the population and spread the city requires a support transport for mass rapid transit systems to provide last mile connectivity.
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Focus back on the project since elections are finished in the state.
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