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Jaipur welcomes its first underground metro station

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan green flagged Jaipur Metro's first-ever underground station at Chandpole via a video conference on Wednesday and dedicated the service to the people of the city. This extended-stretch has been included in the 1-B phase of the metro plans, between Chandpole and Badi Chaupar, which will cover a distance of 2.1km, reducing the pressures on the road traffic, easing commute and saving time.

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Underground corridors of Jaipur Metro to soon become operational; inspection awaited

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.

What's the update?

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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 Metro's phase II goes the economical route, will only have elevated tracks

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.

What's the update?

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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.

Knock Knock

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.

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