A 10-member team of KFW, a state-owned German development bank, and AFD (Agence française de développement or French Development Agency) arrived in Surat on Thursday, on a study-tour to consider financing the metro rail project in the city.
They held a meeting with officials of the technical team of Surat Municipal Corporation, Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation and Surat Urban Development Authority.
The Surat Metro rail project, estimated to cost Rs 12,000 crore, and approved by the Central government, will have two phases, covering 40.35 km, with the 21.61m long first phase between Dream city at Khajod in Surat to Sarthana, and the second phase from Bhesan to Saroli at 18.47 km.
The first phase will have an elevated stretch of 15.14 km and an underground stretch of 6.47 km. There will be 20 stations on this route, out of which 14 stations will be elevated and six stations will be underground.
The second phase, which is entirely elevated, will have 18 stations. Apart from the SMC’s technical team, the foreign delegation met Surat Municipal Commis-sioner Banchhanidhi Pani too and collected details of the project. They were also taken on a tour of the entire route that the metro will pass through in the city.
A city engineer with SMC said, “Both these firms of Germany and France are banking and finance organisations and have come here to consider the opportunity to finance the metro rail project of Surat. The teams discussed technical and financial issues as well as the environmental impact, and the works carried out till now for Dream city.”