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Old March 2nd, 2013, 05:21 AM   #1041
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6000 crores for 38.9 kms of phase 1 comes out be ~155 crores per km. Which is slightly lower than the usual per km cost of OH metros.

But project manager Sanjay Gupta had said that they were looking at alternative techniques which will enable them to save both money and time. I hope they dont cut down too much on aesthetics and beauty...


Here are the routes of phase 1:

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Old March 2nd, 2013, 05:45 AM   #1042
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frankly i think they should start work now
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 06:20 AM   #1043
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6000 crores for 38.9 kms of phase 1 comes out be ~155 crores per km. Which is slightly lower than the usual per km cost of OH metros.

But project manager Sanjay Gupta had said that they were looking at alternative techniques which will enable them to save both money and time. I hope they dont cut down too much on aesthetics and beauty...
Yeah, if the station design stays close to the models you posted, it shouldnt be ok. And tbh I think a big part of what makes an elevated metro look ugly is the pillars, and in that respect, even the usual pillars for BRTS route flyovers look pretty good.

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Old March 2nd, 2013, 06:37 AM   #1044
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Yes, these particular flyovers at AEC, Helmet and Shivranjani have been given quite a smooth finish.

Re pillars, till date I found that the HYD metro pillars are the best in aesthetics as well as finishing...hope MEGA strives to do as much, or better.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 07:21 AM   #1045
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The MEGA website says - "Sleek Twin U girder design of 25 to 30m span" which is similar to Dubai Metro or our very own Delhi Metro Airport Line...

Accordingly, I think the piers will look like this



Which is super cool if we actually are able to provide such a great finish
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 08:04 AM   #1046
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Awesome!
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Old March 4th, 2013, 08:42 AM   #1047
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The MEGA website says - "Sleek Twin U girder design of 25 to 30m span" which is similar to Dubai Metro or our very own Delhi Metro Airport Line...
Ditto Mumbai Metro !
Systra is the structural consultant for both Mumbai and Dubai Metro.
Is Systra the consultant for MEGA too?

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Re pillars, till date I found that the HYD metro pillars are the best in aesthetics as well as finishing...hope MEGA strives to do as much, or better.
@ Rushabh Gandhi, I guess its just the visual thing because of white washing of Piers. Otherwise, Chennai, Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi Metro all have neat finish even during construction. White gives the extra feel of being clean.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 08:45 AM   #1048
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@Metro Observer
I have personally worked on Mumbai Metro site. And believe me the finish is nowhere less than whats visible in Dubai Metro pic.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 09:01 AM   #1049
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Mumbai definitely had a great finish at the time of construction. The precast viaducts were very smooth. But the high moisture content of the air all through the year (along with high pollution associated with any big city) turns the concrete colour very soon. Hopefully they would paint the pillars and viaduct just like Lalbaug flyover (and prolly monorail) once it is complete.

Fortunately, they are going for tiles for the stations, though it is bit expensive.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 08:45 AM   #1050
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Gujarat Congress demands removal of top executive of Ahmedabad metro project!!


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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Congress on Tuesday demanded removal of top executive of Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Sanjay Gupta, saying he was declared as "defaulter" in his capacity as the promoter of Neesa Leisure Ltd by the Industrial Finance Corporation of India.

"IFCI has published a public notice today and has declared Sanjay Gupta, Executive Chairman of Metro Rail project, as defaulter in the recovery of Rs 32 crore. The ruling BJP government should immediately remove such a tainted, controversial and defaulter person from Rs 15,000 crore metro rail project," state unit Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said in a statement.


Citing the content of the notice, published in some of the local dailies by IFCI, he alleged that, "at the time when BJP government in Gujarat has begun advertising this project in a big way, person who is holding the pivotal responsibility in the project getting embroiled in a controversy is very serious matter".

Dismissing the allegations, Gupta termed the IFCI notice as an "irresponsible" act. "IFCI has filed an application in Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Ahmedabad, u/s 19 of RDB Act 1993, with the original application No.18 of 2013, against M/s Neesa Leisure Ltd.

"...Subsequently, IFCI has issued a public notice in news dailies informing the people about the order of restraint from transferring, selling, disposing of different properties of the company which was absolutely unnecessary and redundant. The advertisement itself says that the properties described in the same are mortgaged/hypothecated or pledged," Gupta said in a statement.

Gupta accused IFCI of "deliberately suppressing the material facts and latest developments with respect to the CDR (corporate debt restructuring) scheme wherein all the lenders participated, except IFCI, and subsequently CDR package has been approved by Empowered Group of CDR."

He said the motive behind issuing the notice was to defame him. "The intention to defame is conspicuous from the very fact that the public notice fore-runs even the service of order of DRT," Gupta alleged.
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Old March 10th, 2013, 11:50 PM   #1051
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Modi's metro rail project to see Rs 6K cr financial closure by May.

Burning the midnight oil, the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Metrolink Express Gandhinagar - Ahmedabad (MEGA) project is set to witness the financial closure of Rs 6,000 crore for its first phase in next couple months.

The nodal agency for the project has finalised a consortium of SBI, Bank of India and IDBI to work out on raising the requisite fund of Rs 6,000 crore for the first phase, which is expected to be closed by May.

"On a positive note we have seen MEGA being mentioned both in the Union as well as Gujarat state budget recently. Typically, the central government picks up a 25 per cent stake in a metro project and we hope to see the same will happen in case of MEGA. For now, there will be a consortium of several banks led by SBI, Bank of India and IDBI who will soon look for financial closure of Rs 6,000 crore for the first phase of the project which should happen by May," said Sanjay Gupta, ex-IAS and chairman of MEGA.

Gupta, who is also chairman of the Ahmedabad-based Neesa Group, said that the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has also written a letter to the Centre for the 25 per cent central funding for the project.

"We are indeed on a fast-track on the metro project. The Gujarat government has also committed its 15 per cent share of financial support. The rest 50-60 per cent of the total project cost will be raised through debt sources. This is where the banks have been roped in and the first phase funding of Rs 6,000 crore should see closure soon," said Gupta. In the recent state budget, finance minister Nitin Patel allocated additional Rs 500 crore for the project, over and above the Rs 377-odd crore received so far from Gujarat government. The project cost is being estimated at around Rs 18,000 crore.

The metro rail project, which looks to evolve from mass rapid transport system (MRTS) to metro-cum-regional rail transport system (MRRTS) to cater to not just the state's capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad but also surrounding towns.

The entire project has been divided into three phases where in the first phase will cover 38.9 km with 24 stations at the cost of Rs 6,000 crore and is expected to be operational by 2016. The rest two phases will cover 13.1 km and 30.3 km with 12 and 17 stations and are expected to be operational by 2018 and 2021, respectively. While first phase will look to connect Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar to AEC in Ahmedabad along with Sachivalaya - the Gujarat government headquarters - as well as Mahatma Mandir, the venue for Vibrant Gujarat Summits.

The project will see rolling stock of 2-car and 4-car composition will run at an average speed of 45 kmph with a maximum capacity of 100 kmph. "We will look to incorporate the latest technology in designing and constructing both tracks as well as rolling stocks," Gupta added. The agency will soon be inviting bids for the rolling stock.

The project will feature pre-dominantly elevated track with ballast-less tracks and driver-less air-conditioned coaches with GPS-based rail tracking system.

By 2041, the agency estimates the traffic in the region to reach a whopping 5.7 million people.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 05:42 AM   #1052
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@ the news...

On another note, I have seen the media attaching Modi's name to any development news item in Gujarat. And then they are the first ones to bleat about how Modi is taking credit for everything... what was the need to say "Modi's metro-rail project...."
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Old March 11th, 2013, 07:01 AM   #1053
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gr8 news after some time.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 03:22 AM   #1054
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On another note, I have seen the media attaching Modi's name to any development news item in Gujarat. And then they are the first ones to bleat about how Modi is taking credit for everything... what was the need to say "Modi's metro-rail project...."
Or maybe this particular writer is a Modi fan. The article seems to have been written with a positive mindset.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 04:28 AM   #1055
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Unlikely but possible. 9 out of 10 journos are against Modi, IMO.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 08:38 AM   #1056
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Unlikely but possible. 9 out of 10 journos are against Modi, IMO.
I am a great admirer of Namo but he should engage with media 9 out of 10 can not be wrong.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 08:52 PM   #1057
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there is a new EOI dated 18th march on the MEGA website for appointment of contractors for superstructures..
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MEGA has been floating EOIs for various works since one year.. any idea whether any companies have been appointed... or is the finance model still the problem..?
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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:53 PM   #1059
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Yippeee!! EOI for superstructures is a huge thing. Although there is still some time before they release the tender, review the applicants, select the company and allocate the funds (and all this after 15th April)...
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Well, im thoroughly confused...its been over a year since the List of applicants for the superstructure and substructure had been released.... http://gujaratmetrorail.com/images/E...Applicants.pdf

Wayyy back on December 22, 2011...now all of a sudden we have another EOI for piling and foundation works on February 7, 2013 and followed by the superstructure EOI yesterday...

What happened to the previous applications which came over a year ago?? Why EOI's again..??
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