Visakhapatnam Metro Corridor extended to Bhogapuram Airport

The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to extend the highway corridor of the Visakhapatnam metro rail project to the Bhogapuram airport in the first phase itself. This will increase the length of this corridor from the proposed 30.8km (Gajuwaka to Kommadi) to 67.74km highway and airport corridors from Steel Plant Junction to Bhogapuram airport.

The other corridors are Tatichetlapalem to RK beach (6.91 km) and Gurudwara to Old Post office (5.26 km). In an order issued by the government on Friday, the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) has been authorised to call quotations for the preparation of the DPR (detailed project report) for the light metro for a length of 79.91km for the first phase of the project.

The AMRC has also been authorised to avail transaction advisory from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, RITES Limited and Urban Mass Transit Company Limited. Modern trackless tram corridors are likely to be part of the second phase— 60.2 km metro rail project. The nearly 80-km first phase project is expected to cost around Rs 15,000 crore.

Following the change in regime in the state, the YSRC government retracted earlier bids. Justifying the retraction, the state government in a Government Order stated that the project had received only one financial bid, that is from Essel Infra Consortium, which according to the report did not agree to reduce costs. As a result, a revised DPR was proposed and therefore tenders were cancelled.

The first DPR however, was only for a 42.5kmlong project across three corridors. Managing director of AMRC NP Ramakrishna Reddy said that the AMRC will finish off with receiving quotations over the next couple of weeks and the consultant for the DPR will be finalised over the subsequent week. “The first phase of the metro network has been extended till Bhogapuram airport and will cover about 79.9 km from the steel plant to Bhogapuram airport. Estimates and other key components of the project will be prepared by the consultant as part of the DPR,” he said.

Proposals for the second phase of the project include trackless trams. The trams, which run on virtual tracks on the road, work based on the autonomous rail rapid transit system. Sensors on coaches identify the virtual tracks. The second phase corridors include NAD Junction to Pendurthi, Steel Plant to Anakapalli, Old Post Office to Rushikonda Beach and Rushikonda Beach to Bheemili.

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