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The Pink City is on a quick path to development with the new and upcoming metro project. The metro is going to bring about a change in how commuters traverse in Jaipur, and now, citizens just may be a step closer to a functional metro.

The underground metro routes will soon undergo inspections from senior officials, which is a step towards making Jaipur Metro Phase IB a reality very soon. Construction for these underground routes has been completed and once the inspections are carried out, Jaipur metro will become functional for the people.

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As part of the inspection, all aspects of Jaipur metro including track parameters, tunnel safety, stations, train systems and other safety precautions will be scrutinized. Such inspections are crucial when it comes to finalizing the metro as it ensures safe and seamless travels while on the metro.

The only thing remaining in the underground metro is the installation of signalling points. The technology helps manage train routes and the tracks themselves. Signalling is also vital in keeping metro trains punctual. Once the technology is implemented, the JMRC will invite the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) to solidify the whole project.

Phase II of the Metro

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Earlier this month, reports suggested that the JMRC was opting for elevated tracks which would help cut down costs. Though that is the case for the metro Phase II, Phase IB will use the newly constructed underground tunnels. To clarify, Phase IA of the metro connects Chandpole to Mansarovar, which is an already functional route.

About Phase IA & IB

The underground metro is a direct expansion of the existing Chandpole to Mansarovar route (Phase IA). Authorities have stated that the goal is to have Phase IB, the expansion of Phase IA ready and operational by the end of March 2020.

The existing Phase IA currently covers a distance of 9.63-kilometers. Once the extension is complete, the total length of the route will be increased to a total of 11.97-kilometers. The Phase IB will have a length of 2.34-kilometers and will have two stations along the route.

The commencement of Metro Phase IB in Jaipur metro will give rise to a better connected city, which is an important step towards progress.

Jaipur's walled city is undoubtedly one of the most loved and visited sites in the country. The entire place has an ethos of its own, as people and civilisations have thrived here from primitive times to the day itself. Now, in an effort to preserve the vibrant past of Jaipur's walled city, the locality will become a no construction zone.

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Of late, we haven't been hearing too much about Jaipur metro's Phase II. Following the mild success of Phase IA of Jaipur metro, Phase II is fast becoming a reality. Now, it has been revealed that the 24-kilometre route will be completely elevated to keep the metro as cost-effective as possible.

The Jaipur Metro is slowly but steadily gaining appeal. With the completion of Phase II, we can expect it to be more effective and beneficial. Phase II of Jaipur metro is set to connect areas between Ambabari to Sitapur, among other areas, which will certainly be benefit the residents of the area.

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Since the cost for digging underground tunnels, placing tracks and other infrastructure is on the higher side, the authorities in charge of Jaipur metro are planning to cut down a few expenses. The goal is to minimise the cost from a whopping ₹13,500 crores.

In case you were wondering just how steep the difference is, it takes over ₹550 crores to construct a kilometre of an underground metro, but about ₹300 crores less to make an elevated one, bringing the cost to around ₹200 crores.

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Additionally, the elevated train tracks will also cut down on land acquisition costs. The JMRC will have to pay just about ₹800 crores, as opposed to the earlier ₹2,000 crores, for the elevated tracks. Reports suggest, the elevation of will ensure that the final cost of the metro phase II will be cut down by at least 40%!

This is a move that many cities are making. The elevated tracks take less time to construct and rather economical as well, which means that they can take cities on a fast track to development.

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Jaipur metro might just take the city's tourism sector to the next level. The metro will be connecting distant areas hence the residents can also expect to have a time-saving and cost-effecting means of transportation with the phase of Jaipur metro.

In a rather exciting revelation, it has been announced that Jaipur's international airport is India's 3rd cleanest airport. The revelation comes as part of the Ministry of Civil Aviation's survey titled Swachhata Awards 2019. Apart from just being about cleanliness, the survey also took into account safety of passengers and various other parameters on which to judge the airports across India. Overall, Jaipur airport ranked 3rd on this extensive survey.

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Following the success of the Lucknow-Delhi and Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express, the Indian Railways has decided to run 150 private trains across 100 networks. The latest set of private trains that has been confirmed are in Rajasthan and 6 of these 9 trains will run from Jaipur.

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After a four month long hiatus, one of Jaipur's most famous and common jogging park, Smriti Van is finally reopening for the public. Aimed to be recluse for morning walkers and joggers, the park is certainly a great place to start your day. Now that it will be reopening, Jaipurites can experience nature right here in the city.

The park was closed for the past several months due to a leopard being at large in a nearby forest. It seems that the wild cat has been contained, however, there is no confirmation on this.

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Smriti Van can be accessed by those of you who are willing to sign an undertaking and get a proper entry ID. The entire procedure will be charged for and you'll have to shell out ₹55 for just one of these. This can be alluded to the fact that the leopard still roams free.

Essentially, signing up for this is mandatory, meaning that those of you who do go in know the risks involved. To keep a tab on the comings and goings of people, the forms and ID cards should help. Apart from that, there are also strict timing restrictions. Visitors can only be present in Smriti Van park from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM, which should be enough for a walk or a jog.

With the leopard on the loose, the authorities have taken a few precautionary measures- registration and ID being one of them. They have installed signages, route markers and have made a designated track, which should be enough to keep you out of harm's way. The signages and markers should help you navigate your way through the park in case you're lost.

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So, as it turns out, the park is going to be open for you folks, but just during the mornings. If you're looking to start your day face to face with a leopard, you know where to be.

Like most other places in India, Jaipur's traffic happens to be a huge mess. The traffic condition is often abysmal and there seems to be no respite from it, despite several efforts. In the works is a rather minor but hugely impactful project. In Jaipur, to ease out the traffic 9 road circles will undergo a design change.

The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has undertaken this task following a series of suggestions regarding the aforementioned issue. The goal is to make these traffic circles accident free and easy to navigate. The design overhaul of these chaurahas will certainly bring about a change in the movement of traffic in Jaipur.

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9 of the most congested traffic circles in Jaipur will be altered as part of a project by the JDA. Namely, these are the traffic circles at JDA Circle Square, OTS Circle Square, Rambagh Square, Collectorate Circle, Jawahar Circle, Riddhi-Siddhi Junction, Mansarovar Metro Station, B-2 Bypass, New Sanganer Road Junction.

Currently, these are among the most packed and accident prone circles in the city. This point was reiterated by a survey that the JDA conducted, which proved to have similar results. As part of the design change, adjoining and approach roads will now have zebra crossing marks, while the circle itself will based on an island design complete with medians and a pole.

Implementing these design changes and alterations is expected to take about 6 months, during which time these busy routes will have to be bypassed. To cater for this, there will be bypass roads that daily commuters can use. Additionally, the budget for implementing the project is said to be around ₹1.5 crores. In the future, there are also plans to construct flyovers in the area, if this move has a minimal impact.

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Over the past few months, the traffic condition in Jaipur has been constantly declining. This is a move that should most likely have a positive impact and bring about a much needed change.

Nature lovers in Jaipur will soon have something great to look forward to. In a new and eco-friendly initiative, the authorities are coming up with a new 'City Park' that will dethrone the Pink City's Central Park as the biggest nature hub in the city.

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Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur is perhaps one of the largest government run hospitals in the city. The hospital offers state of the art facilities to patients and has often been touted as one of the best medicine centers in the Pink City. Now, the SMS Hospital is set to get a new wing which happens to be the first organ transplant hub of Jaipur.

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