E Sreedharan, principal advisor to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, on Sunday submitted the detailed project report (DPR) on Vijayawada Metro to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
The project, if completed by 2019, would likely cost Rs 6,823 crore, the report said.
According to the DPR, Vijayawada Metro would have two corridors — Corridor 1 (Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal — Penamaluru) of 12.76 km; and Corridor 2 (Pandit Nehru Bus Terminal — Nidamanuru) of 13.27 km.
While Corridor 1 would be linked to Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravathi, Corridor 2 would be connected to Gannavaram airport, Sreedharan said.
“Whether it is going to be elevated or underground will only be decided during the capital development stage,” Sreedharan said, adding that underground project per kilometer would cost Rs 500-600 crore against Rs 209 crore per kilometer if it is elevated.
Giving a break-up of fares, the DPR said for the first five kilometres, the cost per ticket would be Rs 10; for 5-10 km, it would be Rs 20; and for beyond 10 km, it would be Rs 30.
The DPR also said 31.029 hectares would be required for the project.
Sreedharan informed the Chief Minister that the first phase of the project would start by June.
The CM is learnt to have asked the “metro man” that by January 2019, at least one section of the Metro Rail project should be commissioned.
The DMRC team predicted that the traffic demand forecast could be 2.91 lakh trips in 2019-2020 and would rise to 9.99 lakh trips in 2051-52.
Sreedharan said that the DPR of Visakhapatnam Metro would be ready by June 15. He, however, presented the status report of Vizag Metro to the Chief Minister on Sunday.
The Chief Minister was informed that a Rapid Rail Transit System for Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri (VGTM) could be planned as the Metro would not be feasible on this route.