within days after fast tracking the Vijayawada metro rail following the shifting of temporary capital from Hyderabad to Vijayawada, tenders have been invited for the metro project by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the project executing agency. The execution of Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam metro rails have been entrusted to DMRC under the guidance of E Sridharan, the metro man of India.Sridharan has been appointed advisor to Andhra Pradesh on Metro rails. Tenders have been invited for two packages today.
The works include the part design in construction of elevated viaduct( chainage km 1.338 to km 6.577) and five elevated stations namely city cancer hospital, SRR Govt. College, Sri Satya Sai Mandir, Besant Road and Railway Station East. The works also include architectural finishing water supply, sanitary instatllation, drainage in respect of Pandit Nehru Bus Stand- Nidamanuru corridor of Vijayawada Metro Project. In the second package (from km 6.577 to km 12.520) works include construction of elevated viaduct depot connection and six elevated stations namely Nadamanuru, Enikepadu, Ramakrishna Weigh Bridge, Prasadam Padu, Ramvarappadu Ring Road and Gunadala including their architectural finishing, water, sanitation etc.
Chief minister wants the Vijayawada metro ready by 2018, when the administrative district of capital will also be ready. Even though the project looks unviable, population wise, centre relaxed the minimum population limit of 20 lakh as metro is capital city project. ” Even though the financial and economic internal rates of return (FIRR and EIRR) were below 3.4 per cent and 14.42 per cent respectively, which are fall below the standard norm to get the centre’s nod for any metro project, Vijayawada metro has been exempted from this norm as it falls in the Amaravati capital development region,” said sources in the government.
The total project comprising the Pandit Nehru Bus Station-Penamalur and PNBS-Nidamanur corridors with a distance of 26.03 km, has been estimated to cost nearly Rs. 6,770 crore.
Deadline for the submission for the e-tenders is November20,2015.