According to various reports in the local vernacular press, the foundation stone for Vijayawada’s Metro will be laid on the auspicious day of ‘Vijaya Dasami’ on October 22! On the same day, PM Modi will be laying the foundation stone for the state’s new capital in nearby Amaravati, so it’s highly likely that the PM be present at the event.
Here’s one such video which also shows E Sreedharan discussing the project’s alignment with officials on-site:
Apart from that, the Andhra Pradesh government has also released a token amount of Rs 10 crore to form the Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation which will execute the metro’s construction and later manage it when operational, similar to the DMRC & BMRC. The funds issued will be put to immediate use by the DMRC which is the project consultant to start preparatory works.
As a reminder, just a couple days ago the DMRC invited tenders for two sections of the 13.27 km elevated line-2 from Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) to Nidamanuru – see: DMRC Invites Two Tenders to Build Vijayawada’s Metro from PNBS to Nidamanuru
For more updates on Vijayawada’s Metro, check out the Vijayawada section of The Metro Rail Guy!