Jaipur: With the deadline for the completion of Jaipur metro closing in, the city's skyline is witnessing a continuous transformation almost every morning.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which is looking after the Jaipur project, is working overtime to provide a "world-class" metro to a city known for an unreliable and rickety fleet of buses.
Since it won the tender to complete the 9.7-km line on August 5, 2010, the DMRC is on at breakneck speed to meet a June 2013 deadline, a report carried by The Indian Express confirmed.
Though, given a short time of just 34 months - this includes planning, survey, award of contracts, construction and commissioning of the line - for the completion of the project, the remarkable progress of the metro work has caught everyone by surprise, with some confident that the project will set new benchmark in the coming years.
Interestingly, the ruling Congress is expected to bank upon the metro project's success in the upcoming polls in November 2013.
Although, the state government initially funded the project, it soon realised the monstrosity of the project and sought Centre's assistence to complete the upcoming line. The project is expected to cost Rs 2,023 crore.
Initially the first phase of the Jaipur Metro included an east-west corridor running from Mansarovar to Badi Chaupar. However, following time constraint due to the tunnelling near the congested old city, the line was subdivided into phases I (a) and (b).
Now, the 9.7 km line will run on an elevated track from Mansarovar and stop short of entering the walled city and connect Chandpole, the only underground station of the line, while Phase I (b) will be an underground stretch of 2.3 km linking Chhoti Chaupar and Badi Chaupar.