Trial Runs Begin on Ahmedabad Metro’s Phase 2 in Gandhinagar

Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) last week started trial runs (train testing) on a 3.3 km elevated section of the 28.25 km Ahmedabad Metro Phase 2 project between Dholakuva and Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) in Gandhinagar District.

With electrification work still ongoing, GMRC’s team operated a Zephir battery-operated railcar mover to pull one of their Hyundai Rotem trains through a portion of the elevated viaduct built by Ranjit Buildcon (RBL) as part of 6.478 km Package C2 connecting Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) to Gandhinagar’s Sector-1.

Photo by Our Ahmedabad
Photo by Our Ahmedabad

GMRC’s primary goal was to check for Schedule of Dimensions (SOD) clearances and observe the train’s interaction with the civil structure to ensure there are no physical obstructions along the way.

VNC – KEC – Emrail JV had started track-work on this section in August 2023. A few months later, Ranjit Buildcon launched this section’s final U-girder in October 2023.

Indicative route from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir & GIFT City – view Ahmedabad Metro Phase 2 info & route map
Photo by Our Ahmedabad

With construction work underway on Package C1, GMRC brought coaches from Gypaspur Depot on trailers, and then used a crane to lift them one-by-one onto the line’s viaduct as seen below.

Photo by Alex Dravid

The start of proper trial runs is still weeks away and depends on when GMRC energizes the line’s Third Rail. After that, they’ll be able to operate the train without a crutch and test their trains’ behavior and various systems like telecommunication, signaling & train control, tracks etc. as those systems get ready.

With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, I imagine we’ll see the Gujarat Government setting up a formal event to mark the start of trial runs.

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11 Responses to "Trial Runs Begin on Ahmedabad Metro’s Phase 2 in Gandhinagar"

  1. Devarsh says:

    How did metro reach Dholakuva/GNLU? C1 is still in progress and nearest depo is Indroda Park. Any updates about Indroda Park depo?

  2. Rahul R Mehra says:

    What about other areas in Ahmedabad where their is no metro no brts.

    • TMRG says:

      What about it?

      Phase 3 is still on the drawing board.

    • Ajsaval says:

      So true…

      It’s useless for Ahmedabad, except for those who want to go on those 2 routes which are like + shape.

      Why would anyone choose metro to commute in Ahmedabad if he has to find a rickshaw or taxi or bus after hopping off the metro

  3. Rahul R Mehra says:

    What about other areas in Ahmedabad where their is no metro or brts.

  4. jk says:

    wthack bruh

  5. Rajneesh Sharma says:



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