The Centre has finally given its nod to the Gujarat government for using unused Western Railways land along the Botad- Sabarmati meter gauge line in Ahmedabad city for its ambitious Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro link. After clearing Rs 10,773 last month, this is the second gift to Ahmedabad -Gandhinagar metro by the Narendra Modi government.
The elevated metro route in phase-I from Ashram Road will now shift to a 8-km stretch from Vejalpur to Nava Vadaj. Five of the seven stations in this stretch will be built on on railways land. The Gujarat government has since dumped the draft project report that included the busy Ashram Road.
“As the nod to use railways land had been pending with UPA government since 2012, an alternate route from APMC to Ashram Road was planned,” said Road and Transport Minister Nitin Patel. “The Narendra Modi government has given clearance and accordingly changes have been made,” he added. In the new plan, which will go to Jivraj from APMC, there is an extra 2 km for which there will be an additional station.
“Ashram Road is not only the busiest, but also a state highway, making is not so preferable an option for Metro. Besides, with Sabarmati River on one side, it wasn’t giving a fine approach,” said I P Gautam, MD, MetroLink Express Gandhinagar Ahmedabad, a special purpose vehicle to carry out the mass transport project. The MEGA was formed in 2010 by Modi, who was then the Chief Minister.
The state high powered committee led by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has cleared the new plan, including stations at APMC, Vejalpur, Shreyas Crossing, Parimal underpass, Gandhigram, Old Court and Nava Vadaj. Patel said the design has been done in a way that give easy access to commuters from both eastern and western side. New areas like Shyamal Cross Roads, Bhudarpura, Manekbaug and Satellite will get the benefits.
With an average speed of 45 kmph and maximum of 100 kmph, the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro is a much awaited rapid transit system connecting capital with the financial hub of Gujarat.