DMRC finalises report on B’lore, H’bad high-speed airport link

DMRC finalises report on B’lore, H’bad high-speed airport link


New Delhi: Paving way for Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to going ahead with the construction of high-speed metro links to connect their capitals with airports, Delhi Metro Rail Corp. has submitted its detailed project report (DPR) to the states.

DMRC, which is acting as a consultant for construction of metro links to airports in Bangalore and Hyderabad, has submitted its report to the respective states sometime back, sources said.

The DPR would help the state governments decide on procedures to construct the two multi-billion-dollar projects, they added.

While the link in Bangalore is proposed to be on a 33-km stretch, the one in Hyderabad is a 43-km line.

“The ball is in the court of the state governments now as DMRC has submitted the reports," the sources added.

Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh propose to connect their airports with high-speed metro links on the lines of the one proposed to be set up in Delhi.

DMRC’s other proposals for metro trains for Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have already been approved by the states and are being implemented by the respective governments.

For the National Capital, DMRC is believed to have shortlisted a consortium led by ADA Group firm Reliance Energy and Spain’s CAF for a 2,500-crore project to construct a high-speed metro link to connect IGI Airport with New Delhi railway station.

DMRC had invited bids from private companies for laying of the 23-km stretch with five stations. Another consortium of Larsen & Toubro and GE Transport of US was also in the fray.

The project would be executed on a build, operate and transfer basis. Sources said that before the issuance of a letter of acceptance, negotiations needed to be carried out between DMRC and REL-led consortium on issues such as appointment of project heads, and utilisation of retail space.

The IGI-New Delhi project — expected to be commissioned by 31 July 2010 — will be awarded to the qualified bidder for a 30-year period.