Weeks earlier, the 28.2-km-long Phase-II of the project connecting the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar had been accorded approval by the Union Cabinet.
Ahmedabad tryst with modern and environment-friendly public transport began a week before the Model Code of Conduct was implemented, with a 6.5-km stretch (Vastral-Apparel Park) of Phase-I (41 km) of the Metro project being flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Weeks earlier, the 28.2-km-long Phase-II of the project connecting the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar had been accorded approval by the Union Cabinet. It has taken four years for the city’s Metro network to be launched since the ground-breaking ceremony for the project was performed in March, 2015. Conceptualised way back in 2003, the Rs 16,000-crore Metro project is expected to be fully operational by 2024. The 69-km network would not only boost connectivity in the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar urban region, but also ease traffic woes for over 60 lakh people, especially in the highly congested areas.
Funded by the Government of India and the Government of Gujarat on a 50:50 basis, the project is being executed by the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (GMRC), a special purpose vehicle set up for the purpose. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended a soft loan of Rs 6,066 crore for the project.