The ambitious Ahmedabad Metro project will soon get on the fast track as
Surveys and the detailed project reports of ambitious Ahmedabad Metro project’s first phase, are in their final stages. The First Phase plan of the Metro Rail project is to facilitate movement between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
Preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Metro Rail system for Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar was initiated by GIDB in 2003 through Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES). The DPR was submitted by DMRC in June 2005. However, the project was put on back foot as the state decided to implement the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS)first. In 2008, considering developments in and around Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar, it was decided to go ahead with the Metro Rail Project.
Studies are now on whether an underground Metro line is possible in old areas of the city connecting Kalupur railway station to Income tax Circle. The Metro, which would be designed to carry 40,000 passengers per hour — an estimated 17 lakh commuters are expected to use the service daily — would connect Vasna to Akshardham via Ashram Road, Koba Circle (32.65 km) with 31 stations, and Ahmedabad junction to Thaltej via Delhi Darwaja (10.90 km) with 11 stations, in the First Phase.