Jaipur: Terming the Jaipur metro rail project
as a "fancy brainchild" of the Rajasthan government, a former
BJP minister has demanded that the project be stopped as the
number of passengers did not match with the official
"The 1200-crore project is wholly uneconomic and
irrational since there are not two lakh passengers between
Mansarover and Chandpole and four lakh passengers between
Sitapura and Ambabari, as projected by the state government,"
Manik Chand Surana told reporters here today.
The state-owned Jaipur City Transport Services (JCTS) Ltd
has put 28 low-floor buses between Mansarover to Chadpole and
in August the number of passengers on an average was 8266.
Between Sitapura to Ambabari, 18 low-floor buses are plying
and the number of passengers in the same month was 4,376.
The above figures need multiplication by 24 and 90 times
respectively to reach the figure of two and four lakh
passengers, he said referring to an RTI reply by the JCTS Ltd
on the average number of passengers on both the routes.
"If we put together other passengers likely to be
benefited by the metro rail and presently taking other modes
of transport, the average number can not go much higher.
Therefore, what is the need to invest such a huge amount?" the
former state Finance and Planning Minister asked.
"I have written to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to stop
execution of the project and demanded appointment of a
commission of senior administrative officials to work out and
examine the actual number of passengers on the two routes and
decide accordingly," he said dubbing the project as a product
of "distorted priorities and viewpoint".
Surana said that the government can run more low-floor
buses and the investment would be many times lower than the
metro rail project.
196 low-floor buses are plying in the city and the
government is planning to run a total of 209 such buses with
an investment of Rs 54.55 crore. The number of buses could be
increased as per demand and total investment will be very low
in comparison to the 12,000 crore, he said.