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Light metro for Vijayawada

Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation Limited (AMRCL) Managing Director N.P. Ramakrishna Reddy said on Thursday the government had decided to construct a Light Metro and extend the corridors up to the Gannavaram airport, Krishna Canal Junction and Jakkampudi.

Adequate

He clarified in a press release that though the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR), felt that Light Metro was adequate as per the Peak Hour Passenger Per Direction (PHPDT) norm and other criteria, it recommended a Medium Metro assuming that the city had been planned to be developed as the capital city.

The government had then submitted the DPR to the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in June 2015 requesting permission to get the project executed by the DMRC on a turn-key basis.

As per the DPR, the expected PHPDT was 6,366 by 2021-22 and the Financial Internal Rate of Return (FIRR) 3.47%.

Ministry norms

According to Mr. Reddy, the Ministry of Finance and the NITI Aayog observed that as per the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) of 2006, the PHPDT should be more than 20,000 for at least 5 km by 2021 and Vijayawada’s was not even 1/3rd of the requirement.

The FIRR should be more than 8% whereas for Vijayawada metro it would be 3.47%.

Deficiencies cited

The Public Investment Board (PIB) of the Ministry of Finance kept its clearances in abeyance citing the deficiencies and the need to comply with the new policy.

The MoUD then returned the DPR to Andhra Pradesh and requested it to resubmit the proposals.

But, in anticipation of approval, the AMRC entered into an agreement with the DMRC on August 29, 2016, for execution of the Medium Metro project.

Subsequently, a delegation led by Minister P. Narayana met the Union Minister, Secretary and OSD of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on September 15, 2017, and sought approval for the Vijayawada metro as per the old policy as it had given in-principle approval for it.

Alternative systems

But the Ministry officials suggested alternative systems like Light Metro/LRT. Hence the decision to go for Light Metro.

As there had been no progress, the DMRC suggested closure of the contract/agreement with mutual consent and the AMRC had accepted it on October 4, 2017.

The German development bank KfW is now in the process of getting a fresh DPR for Light Metro prepared by internationally reputed consultants.

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