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The Public Investment Board (PIB) has approved the Surat Metro Rail project on Wednesday in a major push for alternative public transport for the Diamond City. With a total outlay of Rs 10,829.14 crores, the Surat Metro Rail will run on a total route of 40.35 km that includes 6.47 km underground section
After implementation of the project, it can significantly reduce the load of two-wheelers and cars that are choking most areas of the Surat city. The first metro corridor will connect Sarthana to DREAM City, which is expected to provide a seamless transport to hundreds of diamond workers and residents living in Varachha and Katargam to Surat Diamond Bourse.
The second corridor which will Saroli to Bhesan is also expected to provide alternative transport to a large working-class population who travel between west zone and Udhna.
At present, there are nearly 25 lakh two-wheelers in the city. The congestion in Walled City areas is also likely to ease considerably with the 6.47 km underground route from Kapodara to Maskati Hospital.
After approval from the Public Investment Board (PIB), the project proposal will now be sent to the finance department and the Union cabinet for final approval according to the procedures and formality.
IP Gautam, managing director, Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) and Mukesh Puri, additional chief secretary, urban development, made the final presentation of the project in the PIB meeting in New Delhi.
“Though a formality of state cabinet approval is required, we expect the work to begin soon. The project will be completed by 2021-22 from the day work starts. We expect around three lakh people to use the metro looking at the present situation”, said M Thennarasan, Surat Municipal Commissioner.
The Surat Metro Rail Project will cover a total length of 40.35 k with 38 stations. The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is planning to construct five elevated stations at a cost of Rs 111.88 crore on public-private-partnership (PPP) model and the DREAM City company would construct a station at the cost of Rs 31.20 crore. The other stations will be constructed on PPP model include Rupali Canal, Althan Tenement, Aquarium, and Athwa Chowpaty.
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