The state government has decided to review and re-examine this DPR,” says AK Saxena, executive director (civil), JMRC, a wholly owned company of the state government.
The Jaipur Metro is bound for a new destination. With work on Phase-IB (2.4 km) of the network likely to be completed by the end of this year, making Phase-I (12.07 km) of the project fully operational, the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) has got going on the detailed project report (DPR) for its next phase of expansion. As part of a joint venture with EGIS India Consulting Engineers Pvt Ltd and Feedback India Pvt Ltd, French firm EGIS Rail is reviewing the DPR prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the 24-km-long Phase-II corridor. “As per the DPR of July, 2014, the total track length is 23.8 km, of which 13.8 km is on elevated track and the rest underground. The approximate cost of the project is Rs 10,394 crore. The state government has decided to review and re-examine this DPR,” says AK Saxena, executive director (civil), JMRC, a wholly owned company of the state government. “The report of the consultant that is reviewing the DPR is expected in April, 2018,” he points out. The government has asked the consultant to collect traffic data for the route — the line from Ambabari to Sitapura would provide airport connectivity— besides updating the alignment, technology and other vital features of the existing DPR. “We have directed the company to review the DPR keeping in mind the state government’s priorities and Metro Policy 2017. The firm would be recommending measures to bring down costs,” he says.
Jaipur or the Pink City, is a major tourist destination, besides being the capital of Rajasthan. With a population of 3.1 million in 2011 and annual growth of 4.6%, it is one of the fastest growing 3-million-plus cities in India, estimated to have 8.1 million inhabitants by 2031. Jaipur has about two million private vehicles and its public transport accounts for mere 19% of traffic, the lowest among 3-million-plus cities in the country. Work on Phase-I of the Metro project commenced in February, 2011 and was estimated to cost Rs 3,149 crore. The Phase-IA stretch (9.72 km) — from Mansarovar to Chandpole —was made operational in 2015, costing Rs 2,023 crore to build. The construction period of four and a half years was one of the shortest for Metro projects in India, Saxena says. Work on Phase-IB, with an underground length of 2.4 km — from Chandpole to Bari Chauper in the Walled City — is in progress and likely to be completed by the end of 2018. Of the estimated cost of Rs 1,126 crore, Rs 969 crore is being provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
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Highlighting a special feature of the project, Saxena says, “The Jaipur Metro has a three-deck elevated track on the busy Ajmer Road (double-decker four-lane road and the Metro line on top).” The daily ridership numbers for Phase-I have fallen short of estimates though. “At present, 25,000 passengers commute on the Metro daily, as against the projected figure of one lakh. But Phase-II is expected to boost the numbers,” he says.