The pink city is following the steps of Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Kolkata in developing a rapid transit system within the city. It aims to provide safe and green urban transportation services to the public in Jaipur city. It will also help in the economic development in the region and transform the city transit system. Here are some interesting facts about the Jaipur Metro system that can surprise you!
1. The Timeline:
The construction of Jaipur Metro begun on 3 June 2015. It’s planned in two phases. The first phase of Jaipur Metro known as Pink Line has been completed. The stretch is from Mansarovar to Chand Pole covering 9.76 km in total and having nine stations. The overall costing is 2000 crore.
The second phase connects India Gate and Ambabari covering a 23.5 km stretch. And the total cost for phase 2 is approximately 4600 crores. In 2014, according to reports the project required 875 crores of land and 9500 crores to execute the process. But, authorities adopted alternative approaches in order to bring down the cost. Like the idea of the underground tunnel and elevated tracks got replaced with a ground-level corridor at MI Road to make the project more feasible.
2. The Design:
The first phase route or the pink line has been elevated with double-storey sharing a common corridor for Metro and Bus Rapid Transit System. The design got implemented after safety clearance from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety. Furthermore, to give the overall look of the structure lighter and open, a single row of piers are supporting the metro stations. Also, Sindhi Camp Station will be an interchange point for the two lines.
Jaipur Metro’s construction process for the first phase got completed in nearly four and a half years. The fast work was accompanied by high infrastructure and less land acquisition rate. The authorities followed the participative land acquisition mechanism set. Moreover, the Empowered Settlement Committee made sure the process was done mutually and there was a rehabilitation package for each and every project affected person. Also, because of the smooth implementation, there were no cost overruns.
4. Attractive Fare Products and Schemes:
Metro authority Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation put a lot of consideration and developed fare modules for peak, off-peak hours, and public as well as tourist. The fare will be multiple of five. There will be a deduction of Rs 5 for off-peak hours.
To encourage the use of smart cards a 15 percent markdown has been offered. They can be easily revived on the site of Jaipur Metro or the Ticket Vending Machines. For the Tourist, they have developed easy schemes. There are two types of Tourist Cards- One-day Tour Card and Three-day Tour Card.
5. Services at the Metro Station:
Jaipur metro works on multi-modal integration and connects the inter-bus terminal with the railway station. They also have escalators, ramp facilities, shopping areas, and open spaces for commuters. Also, for the convenience of the passengers, e-rickshaws, and vans are available as feeder services at the 9 stations.
Moreover, all the users of metro stations will have access to free drinking water. There is adequate parking space for all the commuters in each station.
6. Women Empowerment:
Jaipur took the revolutionary step by making the first city to have a Metro station- Shyam Nagar where the staff consists of only women. The women are managing from cleanliness to running technical operations and administration.
The project got finance from the state government and its organizations. Namely, Jaipur Development Authority, Rajasthan Housing Board, and Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd.
For the security of Jaipur Metro, 789 police workforce is enforced.
9. Archeologically Conscious:
Jaipur is famous for its rich social, structural, and archeological legacy. So, while elevating the city transportation system, DMRC and Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation was aware of it. For example, in the Choti Chaupar station, the concerned authorities restored a 300-year-old water repository or ‘baoli’. And, it was further beautified with antiquated passages on four sides.
10. Saving Energy:
The Jaipur metro also makes an effort to reduce energy. The procure rolling stock uses a regenerative braking system which results in 30 percent energy saving. They have also incorporated a rainwater harvesting system into the design. An entire length of the viaduct will function as a catchment for the rainwater harvesting structures by placing them under alternate spans to recharge the groundwater level.