Chennai Metro | CMRL to begin phase II, will not wait for Centre’s nod

Chennai: Sources with Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) suggests that the metro body will not wait for center’s approval for Phase II work. They are likely to kick-start the project as soon as the first tranche of a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is disbursed.

CRML is confident about starting construction work for Phase II. The first tranche loan from JICA will meet the requirement. In case of shortage of fund, the state government will pitch in.
As per the procedure, there are two levels of approvals required to begin one. The first level is needed before approaching JICA that permission has already been given by the center. Then there is the second level of approval needed to begin work. The CMRL will not have to wait for this approval once JICA releases the funds. The Metro officials are hopeful that JICA will send in final sanction within a month or two.

Once CMRL receives funds from CMRL, they will start the construction work.
CMRL will proceed with Phase…

Pune Metro | Defense Ministry delays metro rail work in the City

Pune: While the central government is yet to transfer land for Pune Metro, delaying part of the project for months, the state government, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) have been prompt in ensuring that the required land is made available without much hassle. Officials of Maha Metro, the implementing agency for the project, said the crucial support from the three bodies has helped them push the project, but it has run into a hurdle because of the delay by the Defence Ministry.

Initially, Pune Metro officials were looking for 41 hectares of land for implementing the project. Since the project started 20 months ago, the state government and the two municipal corporations have collectively handed over 33 hectares of land. A senior official of MahaMetro said that “The total land required from the state government, the two local civic bodies and private parties stood at 37 hectares. Of which, 33 hectares or 88 percent of the land has been …

Pune Metro | Maha-Metro wants special planning authority status like Nagpur

Maharashtra: For Pune the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha-Metro) has demanded for special planning authority (SPA) status, like in Nagpur.This status will be helpful in different way which will also helpful for devloping the land. Recently the Maha-Metro got the SPA status in Nagpur. The SPA will help in organisation plan for developing the lands for this reason only the Maha-Metro is expecting the same in Pune.

The Managing Director Brijeh Dixit said that the SPA status is applicable only for Maha-Metro’s properties and the commercial properties coming on Metro lands.

The Pune metro which at present one of the fast developing metro. Which also focus regional employment development.

Mr. Dixit further stated said that the Maha-Metro has planned some commercial buildings at Civil Court station, Multi-Model hub at Swargate and Shivajinagar. Some commercial activities have also been planned near Metro stations. All these will help to generate non-ticket revenue.

He also added that if…

Hyderabad Metro | HMRL wins the concrete Excellence Award 2018

Telangana: Indian Concrete Institute - UltraTech Awards 2018 awards Hyderabad Metro Rail Project. The metro body has been awarded the ‘Outstanding Concrete Structure for Infrastructure’ during the award ceremony.

With this win, Hyderabad Metro adds another feather to its crown. The Concrete Excellence Award 2018 will motivate the entire team to keep up the good work.

The award ceremony was held on September 7 at a gala event in Hyderabad. It was not easy to win this award as Hyderabad Metro had stiff competition from several mega projects going in the country.

@ltmhyd@hmrgov are delighted to announce that the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project has been awarded the "Outstanding Concrete Structure for Infrastructure" from Indian Concrete Institute & UltraTech Cement Limited during the Concrete Excellence Awards-2018
— L&T HydMetroRail (@ltmhyd) September 8, 2018

The Indian Concrete Institute (ICI) is a professional organisation that works in the field o…

Mumbai Metro | Two metro projects get Maharashtra cabinet nod

Mumbai: On September 11, Maharashtra cabinet gave its approval for implementing two Mumbai metro projects. The nod has come for the Andheri - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International (CSIM) airport and Dahisar- Mira Bhayander projects. The estimated cost of both the projects is around Rs 6,607 crores.

As per the official from the Chief Minister"s Office (CMO) Metro 7A will be Andheri-CSIM airport route. On the other hand Metro 9 line will Dahisar-Mira Bhayander route. Both the Mumbai Metro routes together will be 13.5 Km.

Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has been authorized to raise funds for both the routes.

As per the plan, Dahisar-Mira Bhayander route will be 10.41 km long. This stretch will have 11 stations and built on the elevated corridor. The extension of Metro 7 Andheri-CSMI airport (Metro 7 A) will 3.17 km long in which 2.11 km will be constructed underground.

Correspondingly, 25 percent of funds will be parked for creating additional infrastructu…

L&T gets repayment extension for Hyderabad Metro project

Hyderabad: L&T gets an extension on repayment deadline from financial lenders for Hyderabad Metro Rail project. The company is also in talks with state government relating to the escalating project cost.

Hyderabad Metro is heading towards completion by March 2019. This is almost a year and a half after the preliminary programmed schedule of July 2017. The lenders have given L&T more time for commercial operation up to July 2019, with a corresponding enhancement in loan stage.

As per the schedule revised, L&T will start repayment of the loan from 30th September 2020. With this extension corresponding cost delays is also estimated for claiming compensation, based on the L&T"s annual statement to its shareholders.

Looking at the cost of implementing the 72km rail project, the estimated cost comes to ₹16,375-crore for the elevated metro rail project. This is entire project covers over 6 million sq ft of transit-oriented development.

The project is financed via a term loan…

Patna Metro | UDHD asks RITES to submit metro rail DPR

Patna: The state government’s urban development and housing department (UDHD) has asked Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), to submit detailed project report (DPR). The RITES has been asked to submit DPR for Patna Metro by 20 September.

RITES is the executing agency for Indian Railways and they have been asked to work on the report at the earliest. UDHD on the other hand has sent final proposal for creating Patna Metro Rail Corporation. This will be the special purpose vehicle (SPV) for implementing metro rail project in Patna.

The authorities have also come to a decision that the Saguna Mor-Bailey Road- Patna Junction-Mithapur alignment be moved toward north of the central alignment of Bailey Road between Hanuman Mandir and Patna high court. This will steer clear of overlapping of the Patna metro rail tracks with the underpasses planned under Lohia Path chakra project, which predicts building of four underpasses on Bailey Road flanked by Lalit Bhawan and High Court.

In a…