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Shanghai, Paris...Next stop Indore for trams?

Aparajita, DNA | Last Modified - Jul 29, 2011, 06:34 AM IST

Shanghai, Paris...Next stop Indore for trams?
  • Shanghai, Paris...Next stop Indore for trams?
    Shanghai, Paris...Next stop Indore for trams?

    tramsIndore: The city may soon join an elite group of cities across the world—Shanghai, Paris and Venice to name a few—with a tramway public transport system.

    The city is all set for the new system— comprising trams moving on rubber tyre axles instead of wheels of steel— with a French firm willing to execute the project.

    The firm, Lohr Industries, will provide technical support to Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd (TRIL) for construction of the much-awaited tramway system in Indore.

    A team from Lohr team visited the city on Thursday to study the project and prepare a feasibility report.

    "We expect to get the report by next month," Indore Development Authority (IDA) CEO Chandramouli Shukla told DNA.

    TRIL managing director and CEO Sanjay Ubale had expressed interest in the project and had sent an offer letter to the IDA last month.

    "TRIL required technical support for the project and had roped in TransLohr. The latter has unparalleled expertise," Shukla added.

    Translohr trams, with two driver cabins on both ends to assist reversibility, have been chosen as the means of public transport in Clermont-Ferrand (France), Shanghai (China), Venice (Italy), North Paris and a host of other cities.Internationally, the Translohr trams have been acclaimed as a cost-effective, safe and noise-free means of travel.

    The IDA has given the French company the contract of making a blueprint of the tram project — the 19-km tram line would extend from airport to the Indore bypass via the Super Corridor and MR-10. Three hundred people could travel in a tram at a time.

    TRIL wants to build the tramline on a PPP (Public Private Partnership) or a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) model and it will be given two months for a techno feasibility of the project so that it can come up with a better and more concrete proposal.

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