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Old June 25th, 2012, 06:08 PM   #941
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Thanks IU, I didnt know that
Ya, it can be hard to imagine so many kms of track at one spot but somehow they manage to squeeze all of it inside the compound for the depot building, stabling line shed, loco shed, wash plant and test track.

Here's a layout of the Shastri Park depot in Delhi. It's got ~18kms of track in there.


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Old June 25th, 2012, 11:15 PM   #942
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Old June 27th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #943
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Just heard from a little birdie that an announcement is soon going to be made about Line 2's PPP concessionaire. Folks - keep a look out in the news section.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #944
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DMRC chief to check Jaipur Metro's progress

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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh will inspect the civil works at metro sites in city on Thursday. He is likely to meet urban development and housing (UDH) minister Shanti Dhariwal to discuss the progress of project.

Starting his inspection on Thursday morning, Singh is scheduled to visit Chandpole and Civil Lines metro stations and Mansarover depot.

During his previous inspection in February, the metro officials had informed him that only 35 percent civil works of depot had been completed. The DMRC director had expressed his dissatisfaction and asked the contractors to engage more manpower on an urgent basis. Singh is supposed to seek report on the compliance of the directions issued by him during his previous visit. Also, the director may discuses about the ongoing track-laying works on metro sites with officials. Even the land-related issues might be discussed.

When contacted, the DMRC officials did not disclose more about his visit. “It is only an official and routine inspection. Like previous visit, the director will seek report about the progress of the project,” said a Corporation’s officer.

Meanwhile, as per DMRC, only 55 per cent civil works have been over of the entire project.
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UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal has directed the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) officials to finish the Metro project at any cost in the set deadline of June 2013. Around 55 per cent civil works completed in the project while only 12 months are left to complete the rest 45 per cent.

The minister issued these directions while chairing a review meeting with the metro officials. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh was scheduled to attend the meeting, but could not due to an urgent meeting in Delhi.

Meanwhile, the minister also took cognizance of problems related to the land-acquisition, financial and shortage of sand (pebbles) that made an adverse impact on the civil works of the Metro projects. However, he asked the Metro officials to complete the project in the set deadline.

The meeting also discussed the various infrastructure and transport project running under state and Centre-sponsored schemes. To keep monitoring on the proper progress of these projects the minister told officials to get third party inspections.

Prior to meeting with minister, the board of directors, JMRC also held a meeting that was presided by NC Goyal, chairman and managing director (CMD), JMRC. The meeting discussed issues like multi-level parking near Metro stations and progress in civil works at routes. The CMD also added that corporation will draft rules for the recruitment of 472 Metro staffers as per the suggestions made by the finance department.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #945
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Just heard from a little birdie that an announcement is soon going to be made about Line 2's PPP concessionaire. Folks - keep a look out in the news section.
IU, does line 2 mean phase II or the second line of phase I?
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Old July 1st, 2012, 05:02 PM   #946
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IU, does line 2 mean phase II or the second line of phase I?
Currently this refers to the, durgapura to ambabari line.
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Old July 4th, 2012, 12:10 PM   #947
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If JMRC is going to finalize PPP soon, why are they recruting O&M staff? May be this is ploy by DMRC to impose its model of financing as the only option left with JMRC once O&M establishment is done.
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Old July 5th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #948
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Took these photos yesterday.

This one is from coming down from ajmer pulia where the last stretch of work is going on which ends at the railway station. In the front is the double decked columns on which metro goes on the top. on the left is the ramp which will go to the flyover section of the structure. remember i am still on a bridge so u can imagine how high those columns are.


This is a photo of the same place from opposite direction.

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Old July 5th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #949
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Thanks for the updates and welcome to India Ilu
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Old July 6th, 2012, 11:46 AM   #950
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Thanks Bhai

BTW we had first heavy rain yesterday. it was pretty bad. i wonder how much it will affect the construction pace.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 06:58 AM   #951
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Illusionist - Thanks for the snaps man. Can you try taking pics of the metro north of the Ajmer Pulia till Chandpol? Would like to see how that is progressing as we've hardly seen any pics from that section.

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If JMRC is going to finalize PPP soon, why are they recruting O&M staff? May be this is ploy by DMRC to impose its model of financing as the only option left with JMRC once O&M establishment is done.
There's no evil ploy at work here. The operating model of the system was restructured last year in November so that the JMRC could recover some costs over a period of 5 years before handing over the line. Note that the concessionaire has the option to handle the O&M of Line 1 before that period expires, but they might have to pay a negative grant for that.

Here are 2 slides from a recent presentation (warning: link downloads the PDF) which explains the project composition and role of each agency:

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I've placed the 2nd image on the first post of this thread so that folks here can review it to clarify any future doubts.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #952
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Thanks IU for the info. I have one doubt, once govt. establishment for O&M activities is created, how JMRC would be able to hive it off after five years?
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It doesn't make sense to train and deploy a new set of employees, so I believe the concessionaire will just absorb them similar to how DIAL/MIAL absorbed AAI's employees after IGI/CSIA were privatized.
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Concessionaire would most probably go for some O&M contractor to do the O&M job so absorbing govt. employees is not that easy. I still feel JMRC is being ill advised by DMRC with the objective to discourage PPP model whcih is the stated objective of DMRC.
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Concessionaire would most probably go for some O&M contractor to do the O&M job so absorbing govt. employees is not that easy. I still feel JMRC is being ill advised by DMRC with the objective to discourage PPP model whcih is the stated objective of DMRC.
DMRC has every reason to be against PPP. In transport, private participation is not something has that shown good results at least in India. The best transport undertakings in India are those run by the government-be it BEST in Mumbai, KSRTC in Karnataka or DTC in Delhi. Private operators work on the principle of maximation of profit, on the other hand government organisations that are well-run will do a better job. If DMRC is given a job, they can be trusted to do it well and on time.
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Old July 14th, 2012, 12:35 PM   #956
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Illusionist - Thanks for the snaps man. Can you try taking pics of the metro north of the Ajmer Pulia till Chandpol? Would like to see how that is progressing as we've hardly seen any pics from that section.
No problem. i will try to do that when i go there.
btw the metro will come from the railway station, hit the ajmer pulia at 90 degrees at the intersection i had posted earlier and from there it will take a 90 degree turn and climb on the pulia and will ride in the center untill it gets down to the road and from there you see double decker columns.
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No problem. i will try to do that when i go there.
btw the metro will come from the railway station, hit the ajmer pulia at 90 degrees at the intersection i had posted earlier and from there it will take a 90 degree turn and climb on the pulia and will ride in the center untill it gets down to the road and from there you see double decker columns.
Illusionist, what kind of impact do you think JMRC will have on the city of Jaipur? Will it actually reduce public transport issues to a huge extent or make commuting much easier? Also, when do you think we can see Metro coaches being run on trial basis?
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Commuting in jaipur is not a big problem at present. not only public transport buses run smoothly but since the city is not too big even autos do a good job. on top of that city already has BRTS and low floor buses.
having said that, it will transform the city like none other. jaipur is a planned city and still growing. other cities are getting metro when they have already grown and congested. whilst jaipur is getting metro ahead of time, the city will grow around the metro instead of metro trying to fit in to the city. not only it will provide and AC and decent transport to the locals but it will hugely benefit the tourism industry. we get a lot of tourists who wander around in the city helplessly. they cannot use buses and autowallahs rob them. they have been asking for a decent transport system and metro will fit right in.
just this metro will take jaipur in to the new league of cities and with the india's first highspeed train is proposed between jaipur and delhi it will be just icing on the cake.
i dont see metro doing a trial run for next six months atleast. though they did have a metro coach on display last year.
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Commuting in jaipur is not a big problem at present. not only public transport buses run smoothly but since the city is not too big even autos do a good job. on top of that city already has BRTS and low floor buses.
having said that, it will transform the city like none other. jaipur is a planned city and still growing. other cities are getting metro when they have already grown and congested. whilst jaipur is getting metro ahead of time, the city will grow around the metro instead of metro trying to fit in to the city. not only it will provide and AC and decent transport to the locals but it will hugely benefit the tourism industry. we get a lot of tourists who wander around in the city helplessly. they cannot use buses and autowallahs rob them. they have been asking for a decent transport system and metro will fit right in.
just this metro will take jaipur in to the new league of cities and with the india's first highspeed train is proposed between jaipur and delhi it will be just icing on the cake.
i dont see metro doing a trial run for next six months atleast. though they did have a metro coach on display last year.
My friends from Jaipur say Jaipur lags behind Bangalore and Pune as of now. However, Metro will push it up ahead of other Tier II cities. Also, HSRL is unlikely. So I wouldn't get my hopes up because of how costly it is. I hope JDA and JMC ensure proper pavements and sidewalks for pedestrians as well as integration of bus and Metro services. Six months for trial runs-December 2012? January 2013? The launch is expected in April so its a tight squeeze.
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Jaipur is definately behind bangalore and pune in terms of commercial value in corporate sector. but jaipur is not behind any city of its size in infrastructure and planning.
all we need is good number of colleges and corporations will follow soon after. until then we will just be a tourist spot.
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