Saturday, February 08, 2020

Metro corridor extended to Bhogapuram airport

Visakhapatnam: The state government has decided to extend the highway corridor of the Visakhapatnam metro rail project to the Bhogapuram airport in the first phase itself.
This will increase the length of this corridor from the proposed 30.8km (Gajuwaka to Kommadi) to 67.74km highway and airport corridors from Steel Plant Junction to Bhogapuram airport. The other corridors are Tatichetlapalem to RK beach (6.91 km) and Gurudwara to Old Post office (5.26 km).

In an order issued by the government on Friday, the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) has been authorised to call quotations for the preparation of the DPR (detailed project report) for the light metro for a length of 79.91km for the first phase of the project.

The AMRC has also been authorised to avail transaction advisory from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, RITES Limited and Urban Mass Transit Company Limited.

Modern trackless tram corridors are likely to be part of the second phase— 60.2 km metro rail project. The nearly 80-km first phase project is expected to cost around Rs 15,000 crore.

Following the change in regime in the state, the YSRC government retracted earlier bids. Justifying the retraction, the state government in a GO stated that the project had received only one financial bid— that is from Essel Infra Consortium, which according to the report did not agree to reduce costs.

As a result, a revised DPR was proposed and therefore tenders were cancelled. The first DPR however, was only for a 42.5km-long project across three corridors.
08/02/20 Umamaheswara Rao/Times of India
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