With the start of the first phase of Ahmedabad metrorail project, MEGA, the company entrusted with executing the Rs 10,000-crore plan, is relying on the human resource capital from the Railways and the firms involved in work for Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi metros.
In the last six months, Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Ltd (MEGA) — a 50:50 special purpose vehicle of the Government of India and Gujarat, which is in-charge of the project — has hired around 60 technical staff members who have experience of working on one of the four metro projects.
“Four serving chief engineers from the Railways — civil, mechanical, electrical and signalling and telecom — have joined us as general managers. These four Railway officials are on a three-year deputation to MEGA,” said a senior official of the company that is implementing a 37.76 km-long metrorail project of connecting two populous corridors of Ahmedabad city in the initial phase of development.
“Two former Railway chief engineers, who have work experience of over 20 years, have also joined us as general managers (Civil) on a five-year contract,” the official added. This influx of employees from the Railways comes after the board of MEGA was reconstituted earlier this year to include the central government officials.
Currently, the secretary of Union Urban Development Ministry is the chairman, while an official from the Ministry of Railways and another from Chennai Metro Rail are among the board of directors.
“In the last five-six months, we have conducted open interviews and have managed to select a group of 60 technical experts. Most of them are employees from other metro projects like Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi. With such technical expertise at hand, we can be rest assured that nothing would go wrong with the project,” the MEGA official said.
Currently, Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad Company Ltd has around 90 officials, and the firm is in the process of selecting a general engineering consultant, who will be in-charge of design/design review, system integration, provide assistance in procurement, construction supervision, project management services, contract administration and interface management, including assistance in testing and commissioning of the Ahmedabad Metro rail project.
MEGA has started constructing the first six km of the project (Vastral Gam to Apparel Park) that falls on the 20.53 kilometre long East-West Corridor that runs between Thaltej Gam and Vastral Gam.