PM Modi lays foundation stones for two metro projects in Gujarat

First stretch of Ahmedabad Metro to be operational by 2018-end | Housing  News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, January 18 laid foundation stones for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and the Surat Metro Rail Project  intended  to ensure safer, faster and green transport  services in the two commercial  cities .Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II will be expanded to  28.25 Kms long with two corridors. He opened the Phase-I last year. Surat Metro Rail Project will be  40.35 kms long and comprises two corridors. Project will provide an environment friendly ‘Mass Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Modi said, Ahmedabad and Surat are receiving very important gifts today as Metro will further strengthen the connectivity in two major business centres of the country. Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II is an extension of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-I, connecting Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, state’s capital .The total length of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-I is 40.03 km, of which, one stretch of 6.5 km has been functional from March 2019 and the rest 33.5 km is at an advanced stage which is expected to be completed by August 2022.Surat with a population of around 60 lakhs is the fastest growing city in India. The city does not have Mass Rapid Transportation System (MRTS). Surat Metro Project, project is required to finish in five years. The Prime Minister said the country is developing ultra-modern transport systems for cities by integrating bus, metro, and rail transport systems as one entity. They won’t ply as single entities anymore but work as collective system, complementary to each other. There was a time when there was no modern thinking in the nation, regarding metro network. There was no metro policy and as a result, there were different kinds of metros in different cities.  Best example to see difference between the approach of previous governments and the work of the current government is the expansion of metro rail network across country. Before 2014, only 225 kms of metro line became operational in 10-12 yrs. In the last 6 years, over 450 kms of metro network became operational and work is underway on over 1000 kms of metro network in 27 cities across the nation, as of now. Picture courtesy

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