Systra to complete DPR for new metro rail projects in four cities of Gujarat

DPR in progress for new metro rail systems in Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar
MRT Online Desk Posted on: 2022-05-14 08:00:00 Viewer: 876 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Gandhinagar

Systra to complete DPR for new metro rail projects in four cities of Gujarat

Gandhinagar, India (Metro Rail Today): French consultancy firm Systra MVA has been given the responsibility to conduct the feasibility study survey and prepare the detailed project report for proposed Metro rail systems in Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, and Jamnagar in Gujarat. The firm has to submit its draft DPR for these four cities to the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited (GMRC) by end of 2022.

The Systra is preparing DPR for the two new kinds of mass rapid transit systems (MRTS) - Metro Neo and Metro Lite which are designed specifically for small and medium-sized cities. 

“The feasibility studies will lay the foundation for constructing either Metro Neo or Metro Lite projects in these four cities and it will be much cheaper than the conventional metro-rail projects. The DPR is expected to be ready by the end of 2022,” said a senior official of GMRC.

According to the assignment, SYSTRA will not only conduct the detailed project feasibility survey & prepare reports for rail-based MRTS for all the four cities, but it will also identify the possible corridors for operating the metros, and conduct a traffic demand analysis and identify growth centers in each of these cities.

“High magnitude metro systems have given their high capacities and high costs, do not make a case for an appropriate mode to serve the mobility needs of Tier-2 of Tier-3 cities. The Government of India has developed new systems named Metro Neo and Metro Lite which will fit into medium to smaller cities and are expected to be efficient,” said the official.

“Considering long-term development needs, the Gujarat government intends to develop such metro systems in four cities and GMRC has been entrusted with the task of implementing these projects,” he added.

“Compared to Ahmedabad metro, these projects will have metros with two or three cars instead of six. When train lengths reduce, the width of stations reduces and costs of the entire project come down. In other words, compared to Rs 300 cr spent on building one kilometer of phase-1 of the Ahmedabad Metro, then Metro Lite will cost approximately Rs 150 crore and Metro Neo will cost just Rs 100 crore. All these bring down the cost of constructing rail-based MRTS in smaller cities,” he further added.

The eco-friendly Metro Neo or Metro Lite projects will be similar in experience for commuters. The land requirement in Metro Lite and Metro Neo is less as stations are smaller in size. Secondly, in some portions, the metros will not need an elevated corridor and will run parallel to the road.


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