Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro Phase-II to begin in June 2020

Tenders for extending the metro rail from Motera till Mahatma Mandir will be floated soon

Metro rail, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Geotechnical investigation, Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation

Construction for the Phase-II of the Metro rail project between Motera in Ahmedabad and Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat will begin in June 2020. The total length of the metro project is 28.2 km and will be completed by March 2024. The Union Cabinet had granted approval to the project in February 2019.

The tenders for extending the metro rail from Motera till Mahatma Mandir will be floated soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation of the project after inaugurating a 6.5 km stretch of Phase-I of the project in March 2019.

Geotechnical investigation work related to the project was undertaken after its foundation-laying ceremony by the Prime Minister, for which the Centre approved the state's request for Rs 5,384.17 crore fund.

The Phase-I of the project costs around Rs 10,773 crore, for which Japan has extended a soft loan of Rs 6,066 crore to the Central government through its funding agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Gujarat government and the Centre will each contribute Rs 1,990 crore for the project.

Phase-I of the project covers a distance of 40.03 km, of which 6.5 km is underground and the rest of the stretch is elevated, and is expected to be fully operational by 2021. In February 2010, the state government had set up Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) to implement the project.

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