Underground tracks for proposed metro rail has been extended to around two-and-a-half km from Bada Ganapati square to the airport after MP Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) suggested the changes in its design.
The corporation planned to run metro rail only in around 2 km area between Bada Ganapati square to railway station via Rajwada as it is densely populated and there’s less space for constructing elevated tracks and stations. In remaining about 29 km circle of the metro, the railway tracks was to be built on elevated bridge and the same was planned to give connectivity with airport through a foot-over bridge. Currently, Indore airport got international status. A plan for expansion of airport is already underway and it also includes increasing the tunnel area. In this situation, we will not be able to run metro rail on elevated bridge near the airport and decided to go underground. As per the changes, metro rail will run underground between airport to the railway station via Bada Ganapati and Rajwada.
Metro rail will come on elevated bridge from around 200 meter away from the airport towards Super Corridor to take a circle of around 27 kilometer till Regal Square to again go underground near the railway station towards Rajwada. Other part of planning and execution of the project is underway.
MPMRCL launched a social impact assessment to know effect of the proposed metro rail project on the life and business of people residing/carrying out commercial activities alongside its route and is likely to initiate an environment impact assessment in days to come.