Land acquisition will cost approximately Rs 770 crore in Phase-I of the Ahmedabad metrorail project. Till now, about 50 percent of the 90 hectares has been acquired and the remaining land, needed for constructing various utilities, will be completed soon, official sources said.
“We need about 100 hectares of land for building metro stations, depots, parking for commuters, escalators and other utilities and services. The land needed for the project, belongs to various agencies, including state government, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA), Indian Railways, GIDC and private land,” said a senior official of the Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Ltd (MEGA).
“We have already acquired 50 percent of the land, which includes 40 hectares at Gyaspur and Apparel Park for building depots. In some places we will be taking the land on lease, while at some other places it will be an outright purchase,” the official said. A metro train depot-cum-workshop is being built at Gyaspur on the North-South Corridor of the metro route at a cost of Rs 130 crore, while a similar depot is being built at Apparel Park on the East-West Corridor.
“We will also be needing about 25 hectares of land on a temporary basis to set up at least 10 casting yards. This land will only be required for a period of about 4-5 months,” the official added.
MEGA has also identified over 20 places or spots along the route of the metrorail project where private property is involved. “We identified private properties that needs to be acquired in parts. We will also come up with a relief and rehabilitation package for some of the people residing on these private properties.”
The official, however, refused to disclose any further details of the package or the areas where these private properties have been identified along the metro route.
“These are minor acquisitions that are needed in places where we have to build a metro station, pillar or a viaduct or parking,” the official remarked explaining how while building the four cut-and-cover metro stations at Shahpur, Gheekanta, Kalupur and Khokhra – that fall on the underground portion of East-West corridor metro route – MEGA will be temporarily acquiring some properties to build the underground stations that will be about 30 feet below the surface, and then later cover these stations.
When asked specifically about the opposition to acquisition of private property at Thaltej on the East-West corridor of the metro route, the official said, “The issue at Thaltej is about the width of a DP (Development Plan) road that connects Thaltej chowkdi with Thaltej Gam. The issue is being handled by the AMC. Once AMC finishes its work, we will take over.”