The upcoming Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro Rail project may become the first metro rail project in India to have a dedicated 20 MW wind power generation plant to run its trains and meet power requirements at its stations and other utilities.
The Rs 15,000-crore project executed by Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Limited, has recently invited expressions of interest from companies in wind power sector to set up and run the dedicated wind farm for the Metro project.
This may be the first Metro rail project in India to run on “green power” for which carbon credits would also be claimed. The capital cost of the 1 MW of wind power is Rs 4.5-6.85 crore, little higher than fossil fuel power. However, the running cost of a wind farm is very low as the fuel cost is zero and cost of operations and maintenance are very low; the likely cost of a wind power plant dedicated for Metro rail is around Rs 110 to Rs 120 crore.
The Metro rail is proposed to cover a 44-km route in its first phase with plans to link Dholera with Ahmedabad later. The state government first came out with Metro rail proposal in 2005 and was accepted by the Centre in 2006. Once complete, the Metro rail is estimated to ferry 17 lakh commuters daily.