I am sorry I couldn’t provide updates last week as I was busy at work. This past week including the weekend has been nothing different than the last one . So here’s a quick short update with limited commentary.
- Metro Rails – Bangalore,Chennai,Delhi,Hyderabad,Kochi,Mumbai,Pune and others
- Highways and Expressways – Nhava-Sewri Trans Harbor link, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Hyderabad ORR
- City Infra – Hyderabad,Chennai
- Aviation Scoop!
Metro Rail Systems
Bangalore Metro Rail
BMRC has commenced work on another stretch on MG Road. 🙂 The Cauvery Emporium to Trinity Circle stretch was barricaded 2 weeks ago. The piers in this stretch would be erected on the median of the road.
pier drilling has also started on the Anil Kumble Circle and Brigade Road stretch.
Chennai Metro Rail
Delhi Metro Rail Corp is going to submit a report on the Chennai metro to Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) by the end of the month. The plan consists of 2 lines partly elevated and partly underground.
The first corridor from Toll Gate to Kamaraj Airport would cover 27.3 km with 22 stations and the second corridor would run from Fort Station to Guindy with 18 stations covering 21.8 km.
According to the plan, work would start this January2008 and both lines should be fully operational by 2014.
Here’s the article
Delhi Metro Rail
2-3 weeks ago, DMRC started launching the segments for the elevated track in Gurgaon. Three launching girders have been placed at various locations in Gurgaon –
1> Between IFFCO Chowk and Sushant Lok
2> Between IFFCO Chowk and Sikandarpur
3> Delhi border
Here’s a shot of the automated launching girder erecting the pre-cast segment
More pics from Gurgaon at the Delhi metro thread
Hyderabad Metro Rail
The CM of Andhra Pradesh, YSR Reddy inaugurated the 4 storey Metro Rail Bhavan in Saifabad on 25th Aug. This building would house the Hyderabad Metro Rail Corp and also DMRC.
Technical bids from the five pre-qualified consortia will be finalised by the end of the month and financial bids by October-end.
Kochi Metro Rail
the Kerala government has been told to invite technology neutral bids and explore the Public Private partnership(PPP) option. The total length of this elevated metro will be 25.3 km, from Alwaye to Petta (Tripunithura). The cost of the project has been raised from Rs 1,966 crore to Rs 3,008 crore.
Mumbai Metro Rail
Reliance Industries headed by Mukesh Ambani plans to link Sewri in Mumbai with it’s SEZ in Navi Mumbai via a 40km link. This Rs 10,000 crore link would be exeuted on a PPP( Public-Pivate partnership) basis and would run parallel to the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link bridge. This would help bringing Mumbai and Navi Mumbai closer and also connect the major ports of Bombay Port Trust and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
Right now, RIL is waiting for a thumbs up from the railway and the entire project is expected to be completed in 4 years. 😉
Meanwhile the Maharashtra state government is seeking the help of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for funding the Viability Gap for the 2nd and 3rd corridors of the Mumbai Metro. Just a reminder about the corriors –
Line2 – Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd
Line3 – Colaba – Bandra
Here’s a map to help you out –
Click to enlarge
Also, the financial bids for Line2 will be submitted in October.
Mr. Deshmukh,the Chief Minister of Maharashtra wants ALL NINE corridors of the metro to be functional by 2012 instead of 2019/20 as planned by DMRC. He said this at a meeting with MMRDA last week. Here’s a list of the corridors –
Pune Metro Rail
DMRC has chalked out a plan to implement a 30kms long elevated metro system in Pune! The metro would run from University Chowk to Warje and will go via J.M. road and Mutha road.
DMRC’s MD Mr E Sreedharan was supposed to be in Pune on Aug 22nd to decide about implementing the 2nd line (Agriculture college -Telco). Since then no news has come out.
Punjab Metro systems
Three towns in Punjab – Ludhiana,Amritsar and Jalandhar plan to have metro systems. DMRC would make a Detailed Project Report(DPR) and would submit its findings in 4-6months.
Highways and Expressways –
Nhava-Sewri Sea Link
The Maharashtra state government is thinking of adding another lane on either side of the proposed 22kms long trans harbor bridge. If approved, this would take the number of lanes to 8.
Here’s a map of Mumbai showing the location of the bridge-
Bandra-Worli Sea Link
The cost has been revised from the 2001 estimate of Rs400cr to Rs1306cr. More importantly, the link would be operational only by December 2008 and not april.
Hyderabad Outer Ring Road
Work on the 2nd phase of the ORR would start on October 1st. Phase II comprises of 62kms and is expected to be completed by April 2010.
City Road Infrastructure
Outer Ring Road
Land acquisiton for the ORR project from Mahabalipuram Road and the Tiruvottiyur Ponneri Panjetty (TPP) Road is nearing completion. this 62km long project would connect NH-45 at Vandalur and NH-4 at Nazarathpet. The six-lane ORR will also include a provision for 22-metre-wide corridor for public transport.
The 670m rail overbridge at Jamai Osmania was finally opened to traffic. Here’s a shot of it –
According to Babji our Hyderabad guru and his sources, the following is the status of the flyovers U/C in Hyderabad –
Chandrayanagutta flyover: all works are to be finished by mid September.
Nalgonda flyover: likely to be completed by mid September
(works pending: building crash barriers and surface black topping)
Punjagutta flyover: The second part of beginning from ICICI Bank to Topaz Building on crossing the junction will be completed by mid September. (This part second part allows for one-way traffic for vehicles from Jubilee Hills and moving towards Somajiguda).
Greenlands flyover: First part starting before the Chief Minister’s house and joining the existing Begumpet flyover will be ready by mid September. (part-2 crossing the railway track and dropping near the HPS gate will be done by December 2007.
2 weeks ago, I had posted some renders of the new terminal@ the Kolkata airport. Felanious Vindaloo – the admin of the blog and the Mumbai expert was able to dig out more awesome renders! 😀 –
more amazing renders can be found here
Jet Airways plans to launch a flight on the Chennai-Brussels-Newark sector and the Chennai-Brussels-Toronto sector this November.
Vijay Mallya plans to launch flights from Bangalore to San Francisco and New York this April 2008 using Air Deccan. Kingfisher Airlines can only fly abroad when it turns 5 years old as per the MoCA aviation policy.
More info on these new flights here
And to leave you off, here are some pics from the new Hyderabad Int. Airport@Shamshabad
more amazing pics here