Vizag Metro may miss next polls

Vizag Metro may miss next polls
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The Vizag Metro Rail envisaged to decongest the ever growing traffic and to provide rapid transport may not be commissioned in the election year of 2019. 

Visakhapatnam: The Vizag Metro Rail envisaged to decongest the ever growing traffic and to provide rapid transport may not be commissioned in the election year of 2019.

Sources in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said the detailed project report is still at pre-Public Investment Board (PIB) stage and it will take some more time before it was discussed by the board. Later, it has to be approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

“After this process is completed, tenders would be called for taking up the works,’’ the highly placed sources said. Since it is a joint project with the Centre in which the State government will have equity, the Chief Minister has been looking for funds from abroad which include Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Local sources said meagre sanction of funds in the Union budget and special interest shown by the State government towards Vijayawada are enough indications that the project is going slow.

The project, estimated to cost Rs 12,500 crore by the time it is commissioned, has three corridors and will carry over 5.85 lakh people per day.

The first corridor is proposed to cover either 22.28 kms from Madhurawada to NAD Junction with 19 stations and pass through Kommadi Junction, Madhurawada, Hanumanthawaka Junction, Maddilapalem, Gurudwara Junction, Akkayyapalem, Kancharapalem, Muralinagar and Government Polytechnic College, or a 30.38 km stretch from Madhurawada to Gajuwaka, but with more number of stations.

The second corridor will cover 5.2 km from Gurudwara Junction to Old Post Office via BVK College, RTC Complex, Dabagardens, Saraswati Circle, Poorna Market and Old Post Office and will have seven metro rail stations.

The third corridor will cover 6.9 km from Thatichetlapalem to China Waltair via New Railway Colony, Railway Station, Allipuram Junction, RTC Complex, Siripuram Junction and Andhra University and will have nine metro stations.

Local MLA has suggested that a flyover should be constructed from Madhurawada to NAD Kotha Road and integrate with the metro rail system.

KMP Patnaik

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