Ahmedabad, India (Metro Rail Today): After two years of delay, Ahmedabad Metro's Phase 1 project is all set to be launched to the public by the end of August this year. Trial runs of metro trains are already started on both corridors of Phase 1. Construction work on Phase 1 began in 2015 and was expected to compete by 2020 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic and land acquisition issues, the work has been delayed.
According to officials from Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC), the east-west and north-south corridors in the city will be first opened for public use. However, the east-west corridor, which starts from Thaltej Gaam, will be operational only from Thaltej Crossroads. Two other stations, Sabarmati and Kankaria East are likely to be under construction even post the commissioning of the project.
The final inspection of the remaining sections of Ahmedabad Metro Phase 1 is likely to be held in July after the request for the same will be submitted to the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) at the end of June. Officials said that the delay in land acquisition in Thaltej and Sabarmati was one of the main reasons for the delay in the project.
The construction company IL&FS which had was initially entrusted with the contract for the north-south corridor declared bankruptcy, after which the project was handed over to another company J Kumar Projects for completion of balance work.
Ahmedabad Metro Phase 1 is 40.03 kilometers long. Out of this, a 6.5 kilometers stretch on the east-west corridor is already operational since March 2019 and the remaining stretch of 33.5km is expected to become operational by August 2022, to coincide with India's 75th Independence Day.