Guwahati is one of the largest cities of Assam and northeastern India. Guwahati metropolitan region has a floating population of three lakh and is spread over an area of 2,205 km. The city is gearing up to build metro rail system for smooth and safe transportation within the city.

Sep 15 2013 | Project Watch

Gearing Up

GUWAHATI METRO RAIL PROJECT

Guwahati is one of the largest cities of Assam and northeastern India. Guwahati metropolitan region has a floating population of three lakh and is spread over an area of 2,205 km. The city is gearing up to build metro rail system for smooth and safe transportation within the city. Guwahati is the major commercial and educational hub having a good public transit system. Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and private operators are providing road based transportation through buses. The city landscape is marked with number of shopping malls including the likes of Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, Shoppers Point, Vishal Megamart etc. Several multiplexes like Cinemax and Fun Cinemas are already present. Due to rapid urbanization and increase in population, the city of Guwahati is experiencing issues like traffic snarls, road congestion, and dependency on private transport rather than public transport system. The mass transit system is required to address all these issues and provide smooth commuting and decreased level of vehicular pollution. It is expected that once the metro rail is operational, the public transport system share would increase to 45% of the overall traffic. Metro rail in Guwahati is likely to be built both over and underground.

CITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

• The city is managed, governed and developed by Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC).
• Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is responsible for planning and development of the Greater Guwahati Metropolitan Area. GMDA is undertaking revision of city master plan and building bye laws.
• Guwahati Development Department is a special department recently formed by the Government of Assam to look after the city’s overall development.

METRO PROJECT DETAIL

The Guwahati metro rail project is likely to be executed in three phases covering distance of 64.50 km, 56.30 km and 75.50 km respectively. The phase-I would cover distance of 64.50 km from Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport to Narengi in the city. The Phase-II would cover stretch between Paltan Bazar to Khanapara area. The final phase would Khanapara area to Jalukbari area of the city. This project is likely to ease out everincreasing traffic congestion in Guwahati City.

The Ministry of Urban Development has assigned the task of preparing DPR to GMDA. Once the state govt approves this project, the GMDA will float tenders inviting consultancy firms to conduct the study and prepare the DPR. The Centre has accepted the state govt proposal for Guwahati Metro Rail Project and has sanctioned Rs 25
crore to conduct feasibility study. The work on this project is likely to start in 2015.GMDA has already submitted RFP to the stategovernment for seeking permission to carry out pre-feasibility study.

Once this is in place, GMDA would float consultancy bids to conduct pre-feasibility study and prepare a DPR. Pre-feasibility study and preparation of DPR is likely to take one year. The feasibility study would cover aspects of the metro rail service like the alignment of the stations and elevations will be studied.

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Length: 64.50 km (Phase-1)
Project Cost: `14,000 crore
Stakeholders: GMDA, GMC, GDD
Work likely to start: 2015

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