Even as the state government is yet to lay the foundation stone for the Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), the government has already incurred an expense of Rs 472.29 crore in two years on the project.
In the reply to a question by Viramgam MLA Tejashreeben Patel, the government claimed that in 2013 it spent Rs 372.55 crore and in 2014 the amount spent was Rs 99.74 crore.
The government said that the Union cabinet had cleared the proposal and the detailed project report. The government is now in the process of making a special purpose vehicle for the project.
The government also said that for designing the station, a detailed design consultant had been appointed and the design for several metro stations already finalized. It said that on the east-west corridor (from Thaltej to Vastral), the government has finalized the tender for the first six km connecting Vastral and Apparel Park in the eastern part of the city.
The government further said that 50% of the project funding would be done by the central government, while the remaining would be done by the state.
Officials in MEGA said that the tender for Vastral-Apparel Park stretch had been issued and the work order for the same would be issued shortly.
They said that the work on the east-west corridor and north-south corridor (APMC to Motera) would be taken up in four phases. The first of which will be from Vastral to Apparel Park, the second one will be from Thaltej to Saraspur and the third will be the underground corridor connecting Saraspur and Apparel Park in Maninagar.