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Six lane expressway and metro route adds charm to Dholera SIR

Posted: 2019-07-31 by Admin

Dholera Special Investment Region ,the first smart city of India for which developmental work has begun is now adorned with a high speed six lane express way and a new metro route connecting it to the state capital of Gandhinagar.

The metro route shall connect Dholera to the significant cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar and shall be built over 100 kilometers area. The development shall happen in two phases. One trench shall involve developmental work connecting the metro from Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad and the second trench shall connect Ahmedabad to Dholera. Phase 1 of the route shall be elevated to provide faster movement and shall also be crucial for the upcoming international airport of Dholera.

The Phase 1 shall cover 61.55 kilometers and the route shall encompass APMC/Vasna- Akshardham (Gandhinagar) via Ashram Road, Motera, and Koba circle connecting it to Ahmedabad junction – Thaltej via Delhi Darwaja. The route for Phase 2 shall comprise of KOBA Circle, GIFT city, Gandhinagar connecting it to the Dholera airport.

A steering committee formed in 2008 is responsible for monitoring the progress of this metro project. The formation of the committee was approved by honorable Minister of State under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department.

The project has been approved under the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Master Plan and has now been put on fast track by the government owing to the long gestation period it involves. An extension of the metro route to the new city of GIFT (Gujarat International Finance Tech City) is being sought and the feasibility study for the same is requested by the Government of Gujarat. The Ministry of Railways(MoR) had earlier carried out the feasibility study for Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor. Government of Gujarat is also looking at the possibility of setting up a high speed rail that shall map both Dholera SIR and GIFT and has requested the MoR for carrying out feasibility study for the same.

Two renowned advisory consultants have been appointed for the metro project since 2008. 2008 witnessed appointing of IL&FS by GIDB for Ahmedabad metro project extending the scope of consultancy to appointing a commissionaire for the project by IL&FS. Within the same year, GIDB also appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for consultancy services so that a detailed project report may be prepared for the extension of the metro services to GIFT and the possibilities carefully considered.

The six lane expressway that shall be soon constructed is often referred to as the central spine of the Dholera SIR.It shall connect the city of Ahmedabad to the smart city of Dholera on one hand and to Bhavnagar Port on the other hand. The road as planned shall be access controlled and shall initially be a four lane highway resembling the structure of a six lane highway.

Similar to the metro route, the expressway is also a part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Master Plan. It is expected to benefit the SIR region exponentially by making provision for other developmental activities to take place along the way.

Both the projects shall soon act as a catalyst towards development of Dholera and the state of Gujarat on a whole.