India Receives $1b from Asian Devt Bank for Delhi-Merath Suburban Line

ZDM- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $ 1 billion loan for the construction of an 82 km suburban line Delhi – Merath. The 22-station line project will be financed from August 2020 to May 2025 in four tranches.

The total cost of the project is $ 3.94 billion, of which the government will provide $ 1.89 billion. Another $ 1 billion is planned to be obtained from other sources of co-financing, including through the mechanism of attracting private investment.

ADB’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction is providing a $3 million grant to provide audio-visual support and mobility (such as wheelchair access) for people with disabilities …

The ADB loan finances the construction of track development, stations, maintenance companies, the purchase of traction rolling stock and equipment for power supply systems. It is planned to equip the new line with modern high-tech signaling means, to equip multimodal transport interchange hubs.

The suburban line will cross part of the National Capital District and the city of Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh State).

Of its total length, 68 km will be laid on an overpass and 14 km underground. It is designed for trains with a maximum speed of 160 km / h. Travel time between the final points will be 1 hour.

All stations on the line are designed to meet the needs of the elderly, women and the disabled. It is planned to build seven stations in Ghaziabad.

The construction of the Delhi-Merath suburban line was approved in February 2019. It is the first of the three priority lines of the country’s integrated transport network, provided for by the comprehensive plan for the development of the capital district until 2032 (see “ZhDM”, 2020, No. 5, p. 25 – 28). The project is scheduled to be completed in 2025.

In April 2020, India’s National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) awarded Larsen & Toubro two contracts to build the first sections.

In May 2020, 40 trains were ordered from Bombardier for the Delhi-Merath line, with a total value of € 314 million (computer graphics, source: ADB).

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