Modes of Transportation and establishment of Metro
At present, we have witnessed many modes of transportation framework. in accordance with that, the transportation system is mainly diversified into four segments such as roadways, railways, waterways, and airways. In which, roadway includes bicycle, motorbikes, car, bus trucks. Railways include Train, metro train, bullet trains etc. Waterways consist of boats, ships, watercraft, submarines etc. And, the last but not the least, the airway includes aeroplane, helicopters, spaceships, aircraft, etc. Hence, we will observe the significance of the transportation by considering the newly appointed project in Ahmedabad based on mass transportation which is Metro mechanism.
How was Ahmedabad before the advent of Metro?
Ahmedabad transportation; So far so good, but not the best. Yes! The question we all are asking for so many years that what prominent modes of transport does the city have? If we look into the recent past, Ahmedabad’s transportation is quite decent. We have AMTS services for public transport, then the ideas of BRTS had changed the direction of public transportation making it rapid and time-saving. The city also includes private transport services such as autos, taxis, cabs etc. The city also includes government transport service named GSRTC to travel across Gujarat. The goods transportation also has a variation of vehicles from mini carts to giant trucks.
Need to reform the mass transportation: The Metro Project
The prolongation of technology should be utilised and where better than in transportation. Equipping new sustainable transportation between Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad was necessary. Here, the introduction to Metro has taken place. The current metro project not only helps to connect Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad but also cover the major parts of the Ahmedabad city as well. The project is being progressed by MEGA (Metro link express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad), SPV (special purpose vehicle) and it is jointly owned by the Indian Government.
The Metro Corridor and terminus in the city
(Photo courtesy: Financial express)
The aggregate length of the Ahmedabad Metro Phase One will be 39.26km, of which 6km will be underground and the rest of be raised. The primary stage will incorporate two hallways and 32 stations, interfacing four corners of the Ahmedabad city.
The first stage is partitioned into two segments, the North-South arcade and the East-West arcade. The 18.52km-long North-South passage will have 15 stations. It will associate Motera Stadium with APMC through Sabarmati, AEC, Sabarmati Railway station, Ranip, Vadaj, Vijaynagar, Usmanpura, Old Highcourt, Gandhigram, Paldi, Shreyas, Rajivnagar and Jivraj stations.
The 20.73km-long East-West arcade will have 17 stations. It will go through Nirant Cross Road, Vastral, Rabari Colony, Amraiwadi, Apparel Park, Kankaria East, Kalupur Railway Station, Ghee Kanta, Shahpur, Old High Court, Stadium, Commerce Six Road, Gujarat University, Gurukul Road, Doordarshan Kendra and Thaltej stations, while associating Vastral Gaam to Thaltej Gaam.
The stage two will associate Mahatma Mandir, Sachivalaya, Gift City and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU). The 34.6km stretch will start at Motera and end at Mahatma Mandir with 24 stations.
(Photo courtesy: maps of India)
Facing Hurdles to bring prosperity
Recently, the construction of Metro is going at a quick pace. Hence, the obvious obstacles can generate. If we consider traffic then because of an ongoing project, the traffic issues are more likely to be developed. Maybe it could be one of the reasons to initiate traffic drive in Ahmedabad. There are many areas in Ahmedabad with full of crowd so handling them with the correct approach is a must. Furthermore, you never know about Nature’s wish, due to some unavoidable calamities the project can go to halt for a longer period which is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Ahmedabad Metro Update
The overall Metro Ahmedabad project is expected to be operational by the year 2024. The expenditure over this project is about 16,000 crores. The first phase of the Ahmedabad Metro project was initiated back in March 2015. After that, it took almost four years for the Ahmedabad Metro project to be ready for public use.
It was back in March 2019, when the East-West Corridor of Ahmedabad Metro’s first phase was open to the public. This corridor is almost 6.5 km long and connects Vastral Gam to Apparel park. There are two stations between these destinations – Nirant crossroads and Rabari colony.
The total length of Ahmedabad Metro’s Phase 1 is sound 40.3 km. This phase will have a total of 32 stations with two corridors and will connect four corners of the city. Phase 1 consists of two corridors i.e. East-west corridor and North-west corridor. Talking about the East-west corridor, It starts from vastral and ends at Thaltej in western Ahmedabad.
The distance between the East-west corridor is almost 21.16 km long, whereas the North-South Corridor is 18.87 km, starting from Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) to Motera.
If you’re looking forward to taking up the Metro ride in Aapnu Amdavad, you’ll have to pay a minimum fare of Rs. 15 for a 2 km ride. If you are looking for a long ride of 31 km, you’ll have to shell out something around Rs. 51
The Ahmedabad Metro project (Phase 1) is expected to be completed by July 2020.
Ahmedabad Metro Project (Phase 2)
According to the designs, phase 2 of the project will have a total of 22 stations. Phase 2 will be 28.2 km long and will connect the Mahatma Mandir, Ahmedabad to the Gujarat International Finance Tec (GIFT) City, Gandhinagar.
It is expected that the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro phase 2 work will begin in June 2020.
The Finale of Metro project
The abundance of transport will create more simplification in daily life after the completion of the Metro project in Ahmedabad. The nascent transportation through Metro rail can bring an enormous change considering current affairs. The people may feel more reliable and safe while using Metro as an intricate medium of transport.
Also, the utilisation of Metro will bring economic benefits to the Government of Gujarat making Ahmedabad an unprecedented source of income. It will also impact the current transportation fare in the city; it might become considerably less compared to the current pricing system. The metro project will also inaugurate different orientation of geographical aspects to all over the city.
Ashaval Team and all Amdavadis cannot wait to see the new Ahmedabad with the commencement of the Metro trains in the city.