In a major boost to Guwahati’s metro rail project, government enterprise RITES was chosen to conduct a feasibility study and submit a detailed project report (DPR). A letter of intent was recently issued to RITES by Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA).
The government enterprise will be required to carry out a survey of the 196-km project in the Guwahati metropolitan region. The project is expected to benefit 2.4 million people.
“A feasibility study has to be conducted for the 196km project. The Guwahati metropolitan region is spread over 2,205sqkm. The project will be completed in three phases. A DPR will be prepared for phase one, comprising 65km on three corridors. The three corridors are: the airport to Narengi, Paltan Bazar to Khanapara and Khanapara to Jalukbari,” read a GMDA statement.
Nine international firms had participated in the bidding process, including companies from the USA, France, Spain, Germany, Korea and Singapore.
The feasibility study and DPR will be supervised by a 19-member monitoring-cum-advisory committee under the chairmanship of state chief secretary J Khosla. The DPR is expected to be complete in ten months, according to GMDA.
The proposed Metro Rail project will connect the city’s north bank via a road-cum-railway bridge over the Brahmaputra at Narengi (south bank) and Kuruwa (north bank). According to the state PWD (highway), 2- lane metro rail tracks will be incorporated in the design of the six-lane bridge. The total project cost for the first phase is expected to be around Rs 14,000 crore. The Assam government has designated Rs 1,800 crore as its share in the project, with GMDA being designated the nodal agency.
The concept paper and terms of reference for rail Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) in Guwahati was approved by the Union urban development ministry in July, 2013. Sources in GDD said it will take at least six years to complete the first phase of the metro rail project in the city.