While the Coronavirus outbreak has brought everything to a standstill, the urban mobility system (Light Metro system/tram corridor) is gaining pace in Vizag. The 140.1km mass rapid transport system, which will connect Bhogapuram Airport in the North to Anakapalle in the South, not only will change the outlook of the city but also ease the traffic burden and give more comfort for the passenger to reach their destinations.
The proposed 140 km long Vizag metro network to be executed in three phases over a period of 10 years. Of the 140.1km-long project, 79.91km is proposed to be developed as a light metro rail system and the remaining 60.2km corridors will have a catenary-free modern tram corridor system. It will be built on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) modal will cost around Rs 16, 000 crores with cost per kilometer pegged at Rs 200 crores for the Light Metro corridor and for the overall cost for the tram corridor will be Rs. 7320 crores and per km pegged at Rs 100. One of the major attractions of the project is including trackless metro trains on the beachfront to increase the aesthetic look of the beach stretch with railway line almost covered on the flooring which gets operated by magnetic strips and senors.
Very soon, a regional office is going to be opened in the LIC buildings to promptly liaison with Vijayawada counterparts and speed up the works in Visakhapatnam. The encouraging news about the project is that the government has accepted the proposal of the Urban Mass Transit Authority (UMTC), which states that it shall complete the DPR connected to the Light Metro by the end of October and the DPR connected to the tram corridor by the end of November.
Taking the projected traffic rise by the year 2050 in the metropolis, route map of the metro corridor has been prepared and much-needed changes were incorporated in the Detailed Project Report. With the rapid pace of developments taking place, bringing hopes and sources familiar with the matter told that if things go well, the metro services in the city will start operating by 2024.
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