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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:15 AM   #21
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Does anyone have any idea what's happening to the Regional Rail that was proposed??
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Chug along Sabarmati riverfront aboard metro rail

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AHMEDABAD: Imagine travelling by the Sabarmati riverfront in metro rail. This was to be a reality when the ambitious metro project was drawn up.
It is not just the Vishala-Akshardham route and the Thaltej-Kalupur corridor that the project was all about. In fact, it had a second phase, which aimed at setting up a corridor along the banks of Sabarmati and adding 51 km to the phase 1 while traversing from Changodar, Sarkhej, Iskon along SG Road, Khodiyar, Tarapur up to GIFT city.

The route is spelt out in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) report submitted to the state government in 2005. The second phase of the metro has at least four extensions and covered several important destinations. This also involved a few stations on the 132-feet Ring Road.

DMRC, however, refused a direct connection to the airport for both the metro rail and the regional rail stating that "it would not be justified even in 2035 as the air passenger growth rate would be just 10 per cent by that year".

The total phase 1 entailed a 43.55-km route while phase 2 involved a route of an additional 51 km. An extension of the metro railway was sought from Vasna to Changodar, Sarkhej to Gandhinagar via SG Road, another line from Vasna to Sabarmati along the 132-feet Ring Road and an exclusive corridor along the Sabarmati riverfront.

Another major move was fusing the metro with the regional rail network that passes right through the heart of the city. The DMRC had demanded three extensions to the regional rail tracks Barejadi-Kalupur-Kalol and Kalupur-Naroda. The extension involved a line along the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar via SG Road and one between Vasna and Sabarmati.

"The regional rail extensions together with the existing BRTS network was to complete the seamless transport system for the city. In fact, the complete extension of the regional rail network and the BRTS was meant to connect the metro rail by 2025. Some of the metro changeover junctions where one could shift from one mode of transport to the other were few according to the new plan. We are looking into the nitty gritty of the system," said a senior GIDB official.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 10:47 AM   #23
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Project that made promises galore

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AHMEDABAD: If the BRTS promised you a bus every 3 minutes during peak hours and every six minutes during off-peak hours, the metro rail frequency
was designed for a metro every 5 minutes during the peak hours while it extended to 15 minutes during off-peak hours. Not only this, the proposed Ahmedabad metro was designed to handle 32 per cent more passengers than Delhi metro.

Each of the metro car was planned to have at least three coaches and it extended to six during peak hour demand. The metro service was to run for 19 hours starting 5 am till midnight. The stoppage decided for each metro rail was 30 seconds which is less than the Mumbai passenger trains.

While, against the train's designed speed capacity of 90 km/ph the scheduled speed during peak hours was decided to be 32 km/ph. This was considered on the peak hour traffic of 13,000 passengers for each of the north-south and east-west corridors of metro lines between 8.30 and 10.30 am.

Noticing the peak hour passenger traffic requirement, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had demanded 87 coaches on Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Vasna-Akshardham line and 33 coaches on Kalupur-Thaltej line. Two workshops, one at Indroda Circle and the other at Thaltej, were also planned.

A survey conducted shows that stations like Shankarpur, Acher, Motera, Income Tax Circle and Navrangpura are being considered as the prime stations as these would provide 10,000 to 12,000 passengers during peak hour. However, the metro system is mainly focusing on professionals who would prefer to return home from work by a metro rail back other than those using the metro while going for work or for schools or colleges. For instance the metro passenger survey revealed that almost 18 per cent each represented those going for work and educational institutions while 17.7 per cent consisted of people just returning from work.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 06:09 AM   #25
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@ the news...

According to them,
Phase 1 1 ) Vasna (APMC) to Akshardham
2) Kalupur Station to Thaltej

Phase 2 1a) Extension of Vasna to Changodar
3) Changodar - SG road - GIFT - Gandhinagar.
4) APMC to RTO via Ring road.
5) Exclusive corridor on the Riverfront. (This better be on the Eastern Banks, otherwise, there'll be 3 railway lines parallel to each other.)

Regional rail 1) Barejadi to Kalol
2) Naroda to Kalupur.


Why are they ignoring Eastern Ahmadabad???
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Old September 7th, 2009, 02:31 PM   #26
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I've 3 suggessions-

Ahmedabad metro should be expanded throughout Ahmedabad and a link to Gandhinagar.

Gandhinagar should get a light rail system (it is best for it).

There should be also metro systems for Rajkot, Surat & Vadodara, because all those cities are million plus.
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 11:56 PM   #27
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Ahmedabad metro rail gets onto fast track

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AHMEDABAD: Even as the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation was preparing to launch the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), experts were quietly
materialising another mass rapid transit system for the city on the eve of Diwali.

Chief secretary D Rajgopalan was engaged in a hush-hush meeting with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief E Sreedharan in Gandhinagar for a metro rail connecting Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar and Thaltej and Kalupur along the east-west axis. Sreedharan also took a field visit of the proposed metro station sites with officers of state government, Indian Railways and DMRC.

A decision was also taken to launch a special purpose vehicle (SPV) — MetroLink Express Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), which will start official operations by mid-November. MEGA, which will govern metro rail operations, was formed with an initial capital of Rs 10 crore and authorised capital of Rs 200 crore. After the field visit recently, Sreedharan suggested a revalidation study of the DMRC’s study of June 2005. A senior urban development official confirmed that there would be no change in the metro route even after a reassessment of 2005 DMRC report except for few stations.

The 100-km metro route will be totally elevated. The said route has been principally approved by the Union government, according to Gujarat Industrial Development Board (GIDB) sources. Till now the metro project mainly concentrated on the east-west corridor which is Thaltej to Kalupur and the north-south corridor involving APMC market to Gandhinagar.

“Some of the issues that are being addressed is phasing of metro project implementation and instituting feeder transport services. The third phase of BRTS will be bilateral to the metro route,” says a senior official in the urban development department.

Recently, a study for metro rail was assigned to Infrastructure Lease & Financing Services by GIDB, mainly for analysing traffic study. IL&FS would also undertake project advisory services for the Ahmedabad Metro project with the scope of services leading to selection of developer.
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Old October 25th, 2009, 09:28 AM   #28
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MetroLink Express Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar (MEGA) is the long awaited metro-rail service for both the Political and Financial Capitals of Gujarat. .....................
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God damnit GJ10!!! By starting this thread, you beat me to it!!! Die evil monster die!!!

But seriously man, A'bad needs some serious work on metro. My sister says BRTS is very very good system. Cheers to those who implemented it can't wait for the metro!

Will go to Chicago for studies in the next 3 months. After I finish, looking forward to the following:-

1) Take direct fligh from O'Hare to A'bad's new swanky airport
2) Take direct metro ride to Nariman house from airport.
3) Have nice meal at sister's place
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Old October 26th, 2009, 01:59 AM   #29
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After a few months of silence, good to see some news updates from this project suddenly appearing over the past few days.


Metro Rail Project hods huge potential for Realty Biz: DMRC

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AHMEDABAD: The multi-crore metro rail project has been the talking point in realty circles for a long time. Four years ago, Delhi Metro Rail
Corporation (DMRC) report had envisaged a second phase for the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro project. Apart from the Vishala-Akshardham route and the Thaltej-Kalupur corridor that the metro project had aimed at, the second phase was planned to add 51 km to phase I which was to traverse from Changodar, Sarkhej, Iskon along SG Road, Khodiyar, Tarapur up to GIFT city.

The DMRC report also suggested that there was a huge potential of growth centres including townships between Motera-Koba Circle and Indroda Circle, which come under both Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar urban development authorities.

The return expected out of the realty business on this stretch was calculated to be Rs 1,500 crore over a period of 15 years. DMRC had proposed a hike in the value of floor space index (FSI) from the present 1.8 to 2.7, along the corridor. The land required in the project was estimated to be about 69.89 hectares (ha) out of which 60.24 ha belonged to the state government, public sector and municipal corporation, while only 9.65 ha is supposed to be private land.

Suggesting a public private partnership model, DMRC had recommended increasing FSI for buildings within 1 km radius along the metro corridor which would then be sold to the developer. The report also recommended charging a "betterment fee" for development along the corridor.

But, if one goes by the DMRC report, a cost of Rs 40 lakh for each day delay in implementation of the project was calculated for the project since June 2005. For this, the construction cost for the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar link for 2005 was estimated to be Rs 4,295 crore. And, the cost escalation because of the delay in implementation of project since June 2005, was estimated at an additional Rs 584 crore excluding the project land cost.

Another major move was fusing the metro with the regional rail network that passes right through the heart of the city. The DMRC had demanded three extensions to the regional rail tracks Barejadi-Kalupur-Kalol and Kalupur-Naroda. The extension involved a line along the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar via SG Road and one between Vasna and Sabarmati.

"The regional rail extensions together with the existing BRTS network was to complete the seamless transport system for the city," said a senior urban development department official.
Integrate BRTS with Metro: Urban Planners

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AHMEDABAD: With talks on to set up a metropolitan transport authority for Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, several issues related to integration of transport services like the metro, BRTS and the regional rail are being discussed threadbare in the state urban development department.

With the BRTS now moving into its final leg towards Gandhinagar, planners have already marked major stations, where a passenger can get off a BRTS bus, and have a choice of either taking a metro train or a regional rail to his destination. The travel has been integrated for the passenger on a single smart card.

Another catch of the BRTS and metro corridors is the attractive realty package associated with them. In both the corridors, it has been proposed that floor space index (FSI) which is 1.8 at the moment be increased to 2.8 FSI . The corridors chosen has large swathes of land on either side for development. An increased FSI is to encourage developers to build offices and commercial complexes within one kilometre radius of the BRTS and metro corridor. A large office- going population along the corridor would sustain both the BRTS and the metro.

"Metro Rail System will cater to major high intensity movement between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. While BRTS will link passengers to institutions, city centres, residential and some commercial hubs, the regional rail will help connect the periphery of the city to the core areas in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad," says a senior official of the urban development department.

"Recently, the proposal for setting up 25 railway stations on the existing 153-km-long regional rail network has been put forth before the Union railways ministry for approval. This network will connect the core city with highly populated areas like Naroda, Kalol, Mahemdabad and Barejadi," adds the official.
FSI of 2.7 or 2.8 would be fantastic, truly Urban Corridors.
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Gujarat, Railways to jointly build Ahmedabad - Gandhinagar Metro

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AHMEDABAD: The city could be getting closer to its dream of riding a metro train after the Gujarat government agreed to bear 50 per cent of the project cost on lines of the Chennai metro project model.

The wholly-elevated metro rail project is expected to cost Rs 7,000 crore. The state government has recently set up a Rs 200-crore company for the execution of the project which is likely to be called Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA). Sources said the formalities for the formation of the special purpose vehicle (SPV) MEGA have already been cleared. On an average, some 50,000 people commute between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar daily.

The project had failed to make any headway because the state government wanted the Railways to entirely fund the project. At a recent meeting of state government and railway officials, the Rs 14,600-crore Chennai Metro Rail, which is a joint venture between the Centre and Tamil Nadu, was adopted as a model. Minister of state for transport Amit Shah admitted that the state government had called for details of the Chennai model. He said the government was keen to go ahead with the project.

The 100-km metro route will be totally elevated and has been approved in principle by the Union government, according to Gujarat Industrial Development Board sources. The north-south corridor will start at APMC in Vasna and go up to Gandhinagar. The east-west corridor will start from Kalupur station and will be extended up to Thaltej.
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Nooooo... we do not want to see another Kolkata metro (N-S line) again... Plz no IR again for metro
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Old November 27th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #32
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Nooooo... we do not want to see another Kolkata metro (N-S line) again... Plz no IR again for metro
Do not worry.

It all depends on the ones who are the stake holders, the predujiced/lethargic Communist lead to an eye sore like Kolkata Metro.

People would have had doubts about the BRTS after preceding failed Delhi example but GJ proved them wrong and have delivered a great BRTS. They will deliver this as very good.

I did not know the Chennai metro arrangement and I have a fair good idea what happens if the present TN regime takes up such infrastructure projects expeditiously just to show that they are on par with other states.
Ex: They wanted to imitate Flyovers like Hydbad or B'lore and ended up with such pathetic flyovers (Not the Airport Cloverleaf which was initiated in other regime) in many places like Puraswalkam Road etc.
Oops. Now I fear the deliverables for the Chennai Metro. It is a deadly combination to have IR with WB Communist/TN present Regime.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 03:42 AM   #33
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Soil testing for Ahmedabad Metro rail begins
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government agreeing to bear 50% of the costs to set up a feeder rail service for the Ahmedabad metro project.

The feeder rail service would carry passengers from surrounding areas of Ahmedabad to the main metro Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar trunk line.

This is indeed an adrenaline shot for the Gujarat government who till a few days ago had also agreed on a 50% partnership in the 99.65 Km kilometre metro rail project with the union urban development ministry--very much on the Chennai metro rail partnership model. The state government would submit a proposal to this effect very soon to the union giovernment

"Our proposal is only pending approval with the chief minister Narendra Modi. In fact the railways has cleared the proposal for the feeder service. Completely new railway lines would be laid for the feeder service and electric trains much like the Mumbai local trains customised for the metro," says a senior western railway official.

In fact a few days ago the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has engaged a Delhi based contractor to conduct soil testing at 47 locations on the 43.55Km Ahmedabad--Gandinagar link which is the North South corridor. While the East-west corridor includes the Kalupur railway junction and Thaltej link which is 9.83 Km. Since the entire metro project is an elevated system the soil testing becomes important.

"Most of the soils here are sandy silt with a little amount of gravel and are non-plastic' in nature. Chemical analysis of sulphates, chlorides and organic matter are being analysed in the soil. We are boring holes from anywhere between 18 metres to 30 metres deep to collect soil samples from different strata. The fact being that we have to analyse the safe load carrying capacity of the pillars since the metro is elevated for Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro," says a senior official of the urban development department.

The wholly-elevated metro rail project is expected to cost Rs 7,000 crore. The state government has recently set up a Rs 200-crore company for the execution of the project which is likely to be called Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA).
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Old December 7th, 2009, 08:52 AM   #34
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Great news... any pics for confirmation?
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Old December 7th, 2009, 08:57 AM   #35
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Excellent news!
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Old December 7th, 2009, 09:43 AM   #36
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It all depends on the ones who are the stake holders, the predujiced/lethargic Communist lead to an eye sore like Kolkata Metro.
Considering the time it was built its still pretty neat..
and certainly not an eyesore..
the stations/trains are clean, the service is good and breakdowns very few..
yes it is in need of an overhaul now like introduction of new coaches which it will in near future..
the only drawback about Kolkata Metro's N-S line is that it is managed by a lethargic organisation known to all of us as Indian Railways..
the commies in this case have little to do with the metro except for providing land and taking care of the finances..
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Considering the time it was built its still pretty neat..
and certainly not an eyesore..
the stations/trains are clean, the service is good and breakdowns very few..
yes it is in need of an overhaul now like introduction of new coaches which it will in near future..
the only drawback about Kolkata Metro's N-S line is that it is managed by a lethargic organisation known to all of us as Indian Railways..
the commies in this case have little to do anything with the metro except for providing land and taking care of the finances..
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Above article says the cost of this (100 km) project is 7000 crores. It's 70 crore per km !! I think it's for the first phase only which has 44 km N-S line and 10 km E-W line.
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Above article says the cost of this (100 km) project is 7000 crores. It's 70 crore per km !! I think it's for the first phase only which has 44 km N-S line and 10 km E-W line.
Shouldn't costs also be affected by how many stations get built within a given length of a line ? May not be fair to compare different lines for per km cost without taking frequency of stations into account.
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Shouldn't costs also be affected by how many stations get built within a given length of a line ? May not be fair to compare different lines for per km cost without taking frequency of stations into account.
It, anyways, will be in the range of one station for every 1-1.5 km. Station alone is not the sole cost factor. Elevated viaducts, rolling stock etc. are also there. At least, they will cost equally. Difference in spacing of the stations will definitely not reduce the cost to half.
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