Vizag & Vijayawada Metro Works Entrusted to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s hands just keep getting fuller! After helping out Jaipur, Kochi, Lucknow until recently and now Mumbai (see this post) & Kerala (see this post), the Andhra Pradesh government today entrusted the work for Visakhapatnam (Vizag) and Vijayawada’s metro rail projects to them.

Mr. E. Sreedharan, India’s metroman, submittted the Detailed Project Reports to N. Chandrababu Naidu, AP’s Chief Minister today after which the CM announced that the DMRC has officially now been handed over both the projects to complete by December 2018. While I’m not sure if that deadline can be met even if piling work was to start as I type this, it sure does give some confidence about the seriousness being displayed.

Visakhapatnam Metro Project

Vijaywada Meto Project

  • Estimated to cost Rs 6, 769 crore
  • Two metro lines with a length of 26.03 km
view of Vijaywada - Photo Copyright: Ilapuram

view of Vijaywada – Photo Copyright: Ilapuram

According to the Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, even though Vijayawada does not meet the population criteria of 20 lakh for taking up the metro project, the central government had relaxed the rule. Very convenient, I must quip. Work will first start on Visakhapatnam’s metro as the Ministry of Urban Development is still studying Vijayawada’s metro project.

The MoUD also announced that the DMRC had been asked to prepare a DPR for a high speed rail link between Guntur and Vijayawada via Amaravati, AP’s new capital.

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2 Responses to "Vizag & Vijayawada Metro Works Entrusted to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation"

  1. Sumit Singh says:

    Dear TMRG,

    Do you have access to the full DPRs / pdfs for these two projects? If yes can you pls share the link.

    Are these projects on 25 KV AC or 750 V DC traction system?

    Also, at some places I read about Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation, what is this body and what are they supposed to do in this?


    • TMRG says:

      Hi, the DPR for both is not available at this point of time. Amaravati is AP’s proposed new capital which is being built adjacent to Vijayawada. “Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation” is the name of the nodal agency/special purpose vehicle which will execute the project and manage metro operations similar to how the “Delhi Metro Rail Corporation” was constituted for Delhi’s Metro project.


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