Ahmedabad Metro is a new rapid transit system under construction between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India.

Owned by Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC), previously known as Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), the project was approved in October 2014.

Ahmedabad Metro project details

The project is being developed by GMRC, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) jointly owned by the Government of India (GoI) and the Government of Gujarat.

The final detailed project report (DPR) for the Ahmedabad Metro was prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and approved in March 2015. Construction began with the ground-breaking ceremony in March 2015 and is expected to be completed by 2024.

The project aims to meet the transport needs of the city’s growing population, which is expected to surpass 10 million by 2030.

Ahmedabad Metro routes and stations

The total length of phase one of the Ahmedabad Metro is 40.03km, of which 6.5km is underground and the remainder is being elevated. The first phase includes two corridors and 32 stations, connecting the four corners of the Ahmedabad city.

The first phase is divided into two sections, the North-South Corridor and the East-West Corridor. The 18.87km-long North-South Corridor will have 15 stations. It will connect Motera Stadium with APMC through the Sabarmati, AEC, Sabarmati Railway station, Ranip, Vadaj, Vijaynagar, Usmanpura, Old Highcourt, Gandhigram, Paldi, Shreyas, Rajivnagar and Jivraj stations.

The 21.16km-long East-West Corridor will have 17 stations. It will pass through the Nirant Cross Road, Vastral, Rabari Colony, Amraiwadi, Apparel Park, Kankaria East, Kalupur Railway Station, Ghee Kanta, Shahpur, Old High Court, Stadium, Commerce Six Road, Gujarat University, Gurukul Road, Doordarshan Kendra and Thaltej stations, as well as connect Vastral Gaam to Thaltej Gaam.

The underground section will feature four stations, while the elevated link will have 13 stations. The interchange station for the corridors will be the Old High Court station.

Phase two will connect Mahatma Mandir, Sachivalaya, Gift City and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU). The 28.2km stretch will originate at Motera and terminate at Mahatma Mandir and have 24 stations.

A 6.5km-long section of phase one was opened to the public in March 2019. It extends between the Vastral Gam and Apparel Park stations.

Ahmedabad Metro project infrastructure

The metro system will feature ballastless tracks, a GPS-based rail tracking system, train destination indicators, automated fare collection and parking facilities.

“Phase two of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail project secured $1.04bn from the Government of Gujarat in October 2017.”

It will also include fibre optic cables, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, train radio and a public address system. Control telephones and a centralised clock system will be installed, while the automatic fare collection system will be integrated with passenger-operated machines and smart cards.

Contractors involved in Ahmedabad Metro rail project

Hyundai Rotem was awarded the contract for the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 96 standard gauge cars and personnel training in October 2017. Nippon Signal secured the contract for signalling and train control systems.

In January 2017, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) was awarded the contract to construct the section between Kalupur and West Ramp, which includes tunnels and two stations. A power supply receiving and distribution system, 750V DC third rail traction electrification and a SCADA system will be provided by the consortium of Siemens India and Siemens.

In December 2016, Simplex Infrastructure received the contract to construct the 8.94km-long link between Shreyas and Ranip, including viaducts and six stations.

A joint venture between the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and Tata Projects won a contract to construct a section between Thaltej Gam and West Ramp in January 2017, which includes a viaduct and seven stations.

Financing for Ahmedabad Metro

The estimated investment for the construction of phase one of the Ahmedabad Metro is $1.65bn. The Government of India and the Government of Gujarat committed to providing  $305.46m in funding each, while the Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide $931.13m as a loan. The state government also agreed to provide a subordinate debt of $111.59m.

Phase two of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail project secured $1.04bn from the Government of Gujarat in October 2017.