Jaipur: JMRC plans to hire internationall firm to review Metro-II DPR


Jaipur: For taking 24-km-long corridor, The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC) is planning to appoint an international firm to review the detailed project report (DPR) of Jaipur Metro phase-II proposed between Ambabari and Sitapura.

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Six firms were short-listed which will submit the technical and financial bids by October 20. Ashwani Saxena, director (project), JMRC, said, "Out of 22 companies, we have short-listed six international firms, which will submit request for proposal (RFP). The companies participated are from Korea, Untied States of America (USA), Spain, Japan," he added.

Meanwhile he said "The estimated cost to review the DPR is Rs 6 crore. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide loan to the firm for the same." The newly appointed firm will update the alignment, technology and various other aspects in the existing DPR. The JMRC prepared its first DPR in 2012 during the Congress government's tenure, then government intended to link phase II with the Sanganer airport and other important government buildings on the route after they were missed in initial DPR.

Following this, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted its revised DPR in 2014 and proposed an underground Metro station at airport near terminal-2. In the proposal, it was mentioned that the train will run underground till Jawahar Circle after which elevated tracks will be constructed till Sindhi Camp bus station. The elevated tracks will cross the bus stand and underground corridor will be constructed after that till Panipech via collectorate. In the 2014 (DPR), the DMRC had proposed 10-km underground and 14-km elevated corridor. The DMRC Rs 10,000 crore as to construct nearly 24-km-long corridor. 

"Six months time will be given to the new firm to submit the revised DPR. The revision of cost of the project will matter on firms recommendation," said a senior official. The JMRC is making several attempts to construct the Jaipur Metro phase II under public private partnership (PPP), however, despite giving lucrative offers, no company has shown positive response.

"The estimated cost for phase II is Rs 10,000 crore. It has been proposed that the state government will provide 40% as viability gap funding to the awarded company. The remaining 60% will be borne by the state government and the company," he said. Moreover, the state government is willing to handover the operation and maintenance of phase I and B after spending Rs 3,149 crore. But no response has been received till date.

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