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Jaipur Metro is a rapid rail transit system under construction in the city of Jaipur, India. The project is owned and operated by Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) and is estimated to cost INR97.32bn ($1.74bn).
Jaipur Metro’s aim is to provide safe and green urban transportation service to commuters in Jaipur city. It will also act as a catalyst for the economic development in the region and transform Jaipur into a world-class city.
Jaipur Metro will become one of the largest metro rail systems in India when fully operational by 2017.
Jaipur Metro project and construction details
The Jaipur Metro Rail project is being executed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The project is being implemented in phases along the East-West and North-South corridors. Phase I of the project consists of 12.06km long East-West corridor running from Mansarovar to Badi Chaupar.
The corridor includes two sections, the East West-A (EW-A) from Mansarovar to Chandpole and East West-B (EW-B) from Chandpole to Badi Chaupar. It involves the construction of 2.78km of underground sections and 9.27km of elevated segments. Eight elevated stations and three underground stations are built under the first phase.
Phase II will cover the 23km-long North-South corridor from Sitapura Industrial Area to Ambabari. The corridor will include 5km of underground and 18km of elevated sections. The second phase will require the construction of five underground stations and 15 elevated stations.
Phase I development is being carried out in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode, while Phase II will be developed on public-private partnership (PPP) basis.
Construction began on the EW-A section in November 2010 and commercial operations are scheduled to commence in June 2013. The EW-B and North-South corridors are expected to be operational in March 2017.
Jaipur Metro line routes
The first line running across the East-West corridor will start at Mansarovar and continue towards Chandpole. It will connect eight elevated stations at Mansarovar, New Aatish Market, Vivek Vihar, Shyam Nagar, Ram Nagar, Civil Lines, Metro Railway Station and Sindhi Camp Station, as well as three under ground stations at Chandpole, Chhoti Chaupar and Badi Chaupar.
Stifling road traffic congestion in Delhi, population approximately 20 million, has become an economic liability. With more motor vehicles than Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai combined, overcrowding and pollution was threatening the capital’s ability to reach its potential in the rapidly expanding Indian economy.
The second line on North-South corridor will pass through the five underground stations at Ajmeri Gate, Government Hostel, Sindhi Camp Station, Subhash Nagar and Panipech. It will also pass through 15 elevated stations at Sitapura, Pratap Nagar, Haldi Ghati Gate, Sanganer, Laxmi Nagar, Durgapura, and Mahaveer Nagar, Gopalpura, Dev Nagar, Tonk Phatak, Gandhi Nagar Mod, SMS Stadium, Narain Singh Circle, SMS Hospital and Ambabari.
Sindhi Camp Station will be an interchange point for the two lines. The metro rail services will be unified with the Bus Rapid Transport Services (BRTS) and other public commuter systems.
Passenger facilities at Jaipur Metro rail stations
The underground and elevated stations offer a range of facilities for the passengers using Jaipur Metro Rail services. The stations are equipped with escalators and ramp facilities, shopping areas and recreation spaces. Passengers can access the stations using feeder bus services. Each station also offers parking facilities for the commuters.
Rolling stock for Jaipur Metro
Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) was awarded a INR3.18bn ($57m) contract in December 2011 to deliver ten four-car train-sets for the Phase 1 of Jaipur Metro. The first train-set was rolled out at BEML’s factory in Bangalore in April 2013. It is the first indigenously designed and manufactured electric multiple unit by an Indian company.
The electric multiple units of BEML are offered in two configurations including driving trailer (DT) car and motor (M) car. A four car train composition includes two DT cars and two M cars. The DT car can carry 361 passengers, while an M car can accommodate 392 personnel. Each train, using the supply voltage of 25kV AC Single Phase 50Hz, can run at a maximum operating speed of 80km/h.
Contractors involved with Jaipur Metro rail project
DMRC issued a request for quotation (RFQ) to shortlist the companies for PPP mode in March 2011. Four consortiums including Gammon Infrastructures – Irridium, Soma-I.C.F., Reliance Infrastructure, and Essar Projects-Samsung C.N.T were selected in January 2012 for participation in the request for proposal (RFP) process.
Alstom was awarded a contract by DMRC in April 2012, to supply Urbalis train control system to EW-A section of the new Jaipur metro Phase I. Alstom is responsible for the design, production, installation, testing and commissioning of entire train control, traffic management and signalling systems under the contract. Urbalis is an automated train operation and traffic management system allowing safe and energy-efficient train services on the metro rail network.
Thales received a contract from DMRC in April 2013, to supply an advanced passenger information system for the Jaipur Metro. The Thales passenger information system can be integrated with the traffic management system and will deliver accurate visual and audio information to passengers.
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