Andhra Pradesh govt proposes Metro rail, tram project for Visakhapatnam
A detailed study of traffic from Anakapalle to Bhogapuram had already been conducted
The government of Andhra Pradesh has come with a revised plan for the development of the Metro rail and tram project for Visakhapatnam city. According to the revised plan, the stretch of the Visakhapatnam Metro Rail project will extend from 42.55 km to 80 km and the project will be developed in two phases by the year 2024.
Apart from this, a 60 km long new rubber tyre based tram project will be introduced in the city to ease public transport connectivity for the low-density area. A total of Rs 16,000 crore is estimated for both projects.
A detailed study of traffic from Anakapalle to Bhogapuram had already been conducted by the Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC). Once executed, the 80 km Metro Rail project from steel plant to Bhogapuram airport will be the biggest of its kind in the world.
The Andhra Pradesh government is currently in the process of identifying a consultant to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for the Metro as well as the Tram project. The tram is considered as an alternative of metro rail project to decrease the financial burden on the government.
The state government is very keen on developing rechargeable trams on a total of 60 km long stretch comprising three corridors-- NAD to Pendurthi, Steel Plant to Anakapalle and Old Post Office to Bheemili via Rushikonda on the Beach Road.
As per the estimated cost, the Tram project will cost Rs 100 crore to Rs 120 crore per km. The government is also planning to rename the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation to Andhra Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (APMRC) to implement the future metro rail projects in the state.