Projects under Planning/Tendering

Below are the details of the projects which are under planning/Tendering stage:

1. Surat Metro Rail project

As directed by Govt. of Gujarat, Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Surat Metro Rail project-Phase-I was prepared by Surat Municipal Corporation through DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation). Accordingly, DPR with Estimated Amount of Rs.12020 Crores is approved by Govt. of India in March 2019. The proposed Network of Surat Metro (Phase-I) is shown in the map below:

Surat Metro Rail project Map

As per approved DPR, total 38 metro stations are planned in 2 metro corridors with total length of 40.35 Kms including underground metro route for 6.47 Kms. Corridor-1 : Sarthana to DREAM city (Khajod) and Corridor-2 : Bhesan to Saroli. Total implementation period for the project is 5 years starting from year 2019-20. As per approval of State Govt., implementation of metro project shall be carried out by GMRC (Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation, formerly known as MEGA) which is a 50:50 joint SPV of Govt. of Gujarat & Govt. of India.

2. Proposed new main office building for Surat Municipal Corporation

SMC’s present head quarter building built in year 1644 is a heritage structure situated on a very narrow and busy road at Muglisara, near Chowk Bazar, which results in a very heavy traffic during office hours. Due to limited available working space in the existing building, presently various important departments are situated at other places outside main office building.

SMC has decided to construct new high rise office building in the open plot of 22,100 sq.mt. area at old district/sub-jail at Ring Road, allotted by Government of Gujarat for the said purpose. Proposed new office building will accommodate all administrative and engineering departments as well as members of elected wing of SMC incorporating future growth in staff & elected members. Proposed building is envisaged as a high rise structure with unique design features and environmental friendly green building design principles. Architect for all the consultancy work from concept to completion stage for this project is already engaged by SMC and currently at the final concept design stage.

3. Surat Railway Station - Proposed Redevelopment - MMTH Project

Surat railway station is strategically located on one of the busiest railway routes connecting metro cities of New Delhi and Mumbai. It observes heavy passenger flows of around 2.5 Lacs passengers daily and hence becomes a critical point of interchange between different public transit modes.

Under the directions of Government of India through Ministry of Railways, MOU has been signed on Dt.17/08/2016 among Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC), Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation Limited (GSRTC) and Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). These three parties have jointly agreed to develop a Multi Modal Transportation Hub (MMTH) at Surat Railway Station/Gujarat on DBFOT basis of PPP model. Project will be implemented through a joint venture Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with name of Surat Integrated Transportation Development Corporation Ltd (SITCO) incorporated under Companies Act on Dt.17/10/2017.

Surat Railway Station - Proposed Redevelopment - MMTH Project Details

This is the first of its kind of infrastructure development where all the three levels of Government i.e. Central (Railways), State (GSRTC) and Urban Local Body (SMC) are forming a joint venture and pooling their combined land area of about 2.9 Lacs Sq.Mt. to integrate different modes of transport i.e. rail, city bus, metro rail (future), long distance bus services, auto, taxi and private vehicles etc. for the maximum convenience of the passengers through seamless connectivity across all modes and provide international class of travel comfort. This will enhance the common man’s experience and will reduce the overlapping of facilities and provide more compact services with maximum convenience. Conceptual Master Plan of the proposed development has been agreed and all parties have agreed in principle to pool in their land for 90 years lease period for the integrated development of the MMTH. This project is expected to be trendsetter in the country.

Currently, different options of project re-structuring are being discussed among all 3 stakeholders to get the most competitive bid offers. Estimated Cost of mandatory part of MMTH project is Rs.895 Crores (excluding cost of commercial development, which will be in developer’s part).

4. Conventional Barrage Project

Concept

Surat Municipal Corporation had constructed a low height weir across river Tapi at Singapore in the year 1995, 30 km upstream of the confluence with the sea having storage capacity of about 31.01 MCM. The project was undertaken to supplement water supply to the Surat city as well as to various industries situated along the right bank of river Tapi in Hazira area. Due to impounding of the reservoir the SMC has constructed various water works at Sarthana, Katargam and Jahangirpura. The reservoir has also caused continuous ground water recharging of Surat city area as well as reduction in salinity ingress. The top level of the weir is at El 6.00 m which is higher than the high tide level 5.5 m. The length of the weir is 580 m with ungated weir length 486.5 m and scouring sluice length 93.5 m. Crest width is 10 m and FRL at El 5.0 m.

Necessity of additional barrage

Ground water in Surat city area like Adajan, Athwa lines, Nanpura, Piplod, Bhata, Umraetc have turned excessively brakish due to increase salinity ingress of sea water. Due to decrease in flow capacity of the river Tapi, overflows occur frequently at Adajan, Pal and Bhatha whenever flood peak exceeds 3.5 lakh cusec. The ground water level in this area varies from EL (–) 7 m to EL(–) 10 m and the maximum tide level near weir cum causeway is about EL 5.0 m.

Industrial effluent discharged by Hazira industrial area in estuarine part of river Tapi is carried up to weir cum causeway along with the sea tide. Similarly huge amount of industrial effluent, discharged from Sachin GIDC in to river Mindhola also mingles with tidal flow in this estuarine part of river Tapi and the effluent brought up to Weir cum causeway and when the tide recedes it leaves behind filth and waste.

  • In Singanpore weir, 16 automatic sluice gates have been provided to discharge excess water and maintain reservoir level up to EL +4.5 m.
  • During over flow of weir excess water from weir is wasted into sea in monsoon every year. In the years 2013, 2014 & 2015 overflow was observed on the weir for 93 days, 35 days and 10 days respectively. To utilize this water and create additional storage capacity of reservoir about 10 km downstream of weir cum causeway the SMC had proposed Conventional Barrage near (FRL 5.0 m) Piplod in addition to overcome the above stated problems.

Estimated Project Cost

Rs. 450.61 Crore

Objectives

  • To conserve excess water flowing away from Weir-cum-Causeway
  • Long term water supply requirement of the Surat City and surrounding area.
  • To prevent tidal silting and pollution in Tapi river–down stream of Weir-cum-Causeway
  • To prevent salinity intrusion in area like Adajan, Athwa, Umara etc. located down stream of Weir-cum-Causeway
  • Ground water recharge from sweet water reservoir and improvement of ground water quality
  • Development of water sports like, Boating, Swimming, Cruise, Para sailing etc.
  • River front development like stepped garden, river drive road, cycle/jogging/walking tracks
  • Development of amusement park and recreational spots
  • To improve environment and aesthetic beauty of the city.

5. Tapi Riverfront Development and Rejuvenation Project

Concept Note

Tapi is a perennial river which crosses over Surat city and serves to a population of approx. 6.5 millions in city. It is a life line of the city. It becomes very dynamic in nature at the end of its course when it meets with the Arabian Sea. It thus brings the saline tidal back flows in city during high/ low tides all the way up to the Singanpore weir. It faces serious challenge of floods for which SMC has planned various flood embankment schemes along the river to accommodate rising levels of floods since 1976. Other issues are discharge of contaminated sewage from storm water outfalls, water management after construction of Singanpore weir and development of slums at river banks which needs to be resolved. There have been many recreational facilities which have been developed on banks of river. Solutions of the issues and previous efforts of development need to be integrated in developing the project. The Tapi Riverfront Development and Rejuvenation Project is an initiative taken up by the Surat Municipal Corporation to develop the Tapi River (for approx. length of 33km from Kathore Bridge to ONGC Bridge) in a holistic and comprehensive manner and increase its asset value for Surat city.

The Concept Master Plan for the project is based on detailed technical studies:

Topographical Survey To identify the all existing physical elements within river such as levels, small structures, obstructions, infrastructure, landscape, etc
To understand adjoining context in terms of structures, terrain, infrastructure, street network, nallas etc.
Preliminary Base Map To demarcate the river land boundary
To understand the land ownership on the adjoining lands
To identify all existing components, like informal settlements within and adjacent to river land if any
Geotechnical Investigation To study the soil conditions for both the banks of the river along the entire length so as to understand soil behavior in existing and proposed scenario
Activity Mapping To understand the edge condition
To verify the source and nature of pollution in the river
To verify current activities and usage along the river
Land Use Study To understand the proposed DP and TP land use with existing landuse along the river
Hydrology and Hydraulics To identify the flood carrying capacity of the river
To understand the existing inundation scenario of the river
Prepare proposals to improve the carrying capacity of the river

This project carefully examines all the issues pertaining to river and suggests an all-inclusive, immediate and long term solutions. Tapi river front development and rejuvenation project incorporates a comprehensive proposal which is unique and context specific, providing a continuous public realm to the city of Surat. It considers the existing situation of river in context of floods and already constructed flood embankment schemes and proposes a holistic and resilient river edge.

Overall Assessment

Present Issues Potential Opportunities
Risk of flooding To strengthen river edge
Polluted river water To clean the river
Lack of public amenities To create a continuous public realm
Inadequate connectivity to river To improve accessibility & connectivity
Inability to retain water To retain & replenish water

The Master Plan also intends to integrate other parallel relevant projects like the Heritage precinct redevelopment, Proposed Barrage, Riverfront parks and walkway.

Map for Master Plan like like the Heritage precinct redevelopment etc

The Concept Master plan is an attempt to formulate a blueprint of a comprehensive, imaginable, legible and resilient river edge enriched with pedestrian trails, visitor facilities, spaces designated and designed for congregation, festivals and performances. The riverfront is proposed to be developed as a green and recreational space that can transform the existing neglected waterfront into a centre for social, cultural and recreational activities in the city. Construction of Embankments to strengthen River Edge of both banks (approx. 33 km on each side) with respect to the level of 50 year of flood return period given by CWPRS.

  • Cleaning the River by integrating Tapi Shuddhikaran Project.
  • Reclamation of Land for recreational purpose.
  • Broad zoning of Master plan has been done with reference to Land availability and Activity Mapping.
  • Laying an emphasize over several green spaces like gardens, recreational parks, eco-park, etc.
  • Development of public amenities along with probable access points along the riverfront.
  • Development of Continuous Promenade (with Pedestrian & Cycle Track).
  • Strengthening of certain existing roads to improve access for riverfront.
  • Development of new proposed roads to improve connectivity along the river front across the river.
  • Create specific riverfront road network by integrating existing and proposed roads.

Riverfront Project can directly impact some of the key pillars of “The Surat Resilience Strategy” for example, Water availability & quality, Dominant sectors of employment & economic development, Ecosystem & environmental regulation, Social cohesion, Up-scaling of health, Affordable housing, Connectivity & mobility services with regulation.

All the above project components will be taken up for the further detailing as required for the statutory approvals.