Urban Railways

Visakhapatnam Metro to Transform City’s Public Transport System

The proposed 140km-long mass rapid transit system is slated to change the public transport system in Vizag forever. Covering every corner of the city and suburbs, the project will connect Bhogapuram Airport region in the North to Anakapalle in the south of Vizag. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 20,000 crore.

Of the 140.11 km-long project, 79.91 km is proposed to be developed as a light metro rail system. The remaining 60.2 km corridors will have a caternary-free modern tram/metrolite system. Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has been tasked with the preparation of the detailed project report.

The project comes under the purview of Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA). UMTC, also the transaction advisory consultant, will assist Andhra Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation, which is executing the project, in the tendering process and in selection of the developer to take up the project on a public-private partnership.

Two DPRs are currently being prepared and both are expected to be completed by the end of this year. NP Ramakrishna Reddy, managing director (MD) of Andhra Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) said that the corporation will initiate the tendering process for the 79km-long light metro project by November.

“Selection of the developer and the concession agreement are likely to be completed by March 21, 2021 and works will be launched June, 2021,” the AMRC MD said. Reddy further said that the AMRC is considering various financial models for the project with assistance of UMTC for calling tenders.

“The DPR for the 60km-long tram network will be completed by December. Even though the initial DPR was prepared for only 42.55km, the state government has decided to extend the corridors considering the new Greenfield international airport coming up at Bhogapuram.

Consequently, the AMRC prepared a detailed mass rapid transit system master plan covering 140 km length,” Reddy said. In the recent budget, a sum of Rs 3.7 crore was allocated for the metro rail project. Officials estimate that the 79.91km-long light metro will cost around Rs 16,000 crore with cost per kilometre pegged at Rs 200 crore and the tram network will cost around Rs 100 crore per kilometre.