MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will lend $176 million to extend the first metro train line in Jaipur and draw up plans to build a second line, reducing congestion and pollution in the fast-growing Indian heritage city.
“Building efficient mass transit transport to get people more quickly to their jobs, schools, and homes in Jaipur will help reverse the rising use of private cars, making the city a cleaner and safer place to work and live,” said Dong Kyu Lee, Principal Transport Specialist in ADB’s South Asia Department.
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is the 10th largest city in India with 3.1 million people in 2011. That is set to grow to around 8.1 million by 2031 and the existing public transport system is already inadequate.
Under the Jaipur Development Authority’s public transport plan, first developed in 2009, the local government is constructing a 9.7-kilometer-long, elevated Line 1 metro train line from Mansarovar, in the western part of the city, to Chandpole, on the western edge of the central business district, that is due to start operating in late 2013. ADB’s loan will help finance an additional 2.3-kilometer underground stretch from Chandpole to Badi Chopar a little further east, along with two stations, that should be ready to provide access to the central business district by March 2018.
By providing connections to the entire central business district, ADB’s extension is expected to carry 126,000 passengers every day during its first year of operation, and generate around 61% of all the trips on Line 1. The stations along the full Line 1 will connect with existing and planned bus routes to help people get to other parts of the city much faster.
The construction of the Line 1 extension – to cost a total $259 million with the balance paid by the Government of Rajasthan – will be built to ensure that there is minimal risk from urban flash floods and other climate-related events. Seats will be reserved for women, the elderly, and those with disabilities, while station facilities will be build with modern conveniences and technology. Meanwhile, careful structural design will ensure there is no impact on the heritage structures that stand above the underground section.
ADB’s loan will also help finance studies into a planned 23-kilometer-long, north-south Line 2 metro line. This will include reviewing the route selection and traffic demand and identifying financing options.