Indore Metro work not to affect historic Rajwada, Imli Bazar

  • Saeed Khan, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2014 20:29 IST

The historic Rajwada, Imli Bazar and nearby areas will remain unaffected by the Indore metro, as these areas are among the stretches where the metro will go underground, said sources.

In all, 10 per cent of the total track length will be underground, while 60 km will be elevated. The remaining 12 km track will be at grade i.e. on the road level. “The system is designed in such a way that private land has been kept at a minimum to minimise costs and avoid delays arising out of any litigation,” said Rohit Gupta, managing director of Rohit Associates, the consultants for the project. He cited the instance of depots as a case in point. “We have submitted a prioritised list for the depots in both Indore and Bhopal,” he said.

Pointing out that most of the shortlisted tracts were owned by the government, Gupta said the real estate could either be provided by the government or “purchased from the open market and the cost has been provisioned in the overall project cost”.

Gupta said the route selection was done in a manner so that the existing railway station could be approached through all metro lines. Although the system was based on three-car trains, this could also be increased at a later date “as the platforms can accommodate six cars, he added. Similarly, the system has been kept open-ended so that it can be extended in future if the need arises, he said.

In response to a question, he said an interim report listing the financing model and the implementation strategy had been forwarded to the government. The system selection and other details were included in the inception report which has already been approved.

Repeated attempts to contact Urban Administration and Development Department commissioner Sanjay Shukla to corroborate the information proved fruitless, as he didn’t respond to calls made to his mobile phone.

Indore metro: Quick facts

Track length: 85 km (approx)
Cost: Rs 23,000 crore (approx)
No of lines: 6 (4 main, 2 branch)
No of stations: 75 (spaced roughly 800 m apart)
No of trains (3 cars): Around 200
Passenger capacity per car: 480
First phase to be ready by 2018 (50 per cent completion targeted)
Second (final phase): 2021
Major depot: 2,00,000 sq m
Minor depot: 90, 000 sq m

The underground metro (roughly 10 km housing 10 stations) will be in the following stretches:
Regal square to Bada Ganpati
Idgah Maidan to Collectorate
Collectorate to Sarwate bus stand

The metro will take the following forms:

Underground: (roughly 10 km housing 10 stations) at the following stretches:
Regal square to Bada Ganpati
Idgah Maidan to Collectorate
Collectorate to Sarwate Bus Stand

Elevated: 62 km

At grade: 12 km

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