The Phase-1 of Ahmedabad Metro, which consists of East-West and North-South corridors, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi on September 30. However, commercial operations on the 40.03-kilometre network began only on October 2 on the East-West Corridor.
Ahmedabad : Metro service will begin on the North-South corridor on October 6.
The East-West Corridor (total length 21.16 kilometres) between Vastral Gam and Thaltej Gam has been partially operational since March 2019, when Prime Minister Modi inaugurated a 6.5-kilometer stretch of the corridor between Vastral Gam and Apparel Park.
The East-West Corridor’s 20-odd kilometres became operational on September 30. A 1.4-kilometer stretch between Thaltej and Thaltej Gam, on the other hand, is still under construction and is expected to be completed by March 2023. Similarly, the Kankaria East underground railway station is still under construction, and trains running along this corridor bypass it.
Officials said that the dates for opening both corridors were kept separate to avoid the initial rush of passengers wanting to use the Metro. On the first day of Metro service on the East-West corridor, 41,700 passengers rode. Tickets cost between Rs 5 and Rs 25. On October 2, GMRC ran 72 trips.
On Monday, approximately 17,000 more passengers used this corridor, and GMRC ran 44 trips versus 72 trips on the first day.