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Metro-link Express for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad Fast Tracks its Urban Rail Transportation in Gujarat with SAP Solutions

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Implementation will provide a faster, cost efficient and eco-friendly metro rail services to the citizens of Gujarat

India — December 18, 2013  SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced that the Metro-link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) has chosen SAP® solutions to  assist Gujarat’s metro rail run efficiently and profitably. The deployment will enable various departments of MEGA to be connected over a unified network and facilitate smoother information flow and access. With this implementation, MEGA aims to develop a landmark metro rail project for the state of Gujarat while simultaneously catalyzing dense and orderly urban growth in the state.

Growing cities like Ahmedabad will soon house the bulk of the mushrooming population in future. The rapid sprawl of population, increasing fuel consumption and the resultant pollution has made public transport imperative. The Ahmedabad – Gandhinagar metro rail project was launched with a vision to provide safe, fast and eco-friendly services at affordable rates. This project will promote pioneer integrated public transportation in the region undertaken by collaborating with Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), Railways and other modes of public transit system. Seamless connectivity, minimum land acquisition, state- of- art infrastructure, fastest implementation, least construction cost are some of the key features of the project.

“Efficient urban transportation benefits people’s lives. The sector today wants the right competitive advantage as real-time business processing drives stronger outcomes and helps increase bottom lines,” said Dr. Manjula Subramaniam, Chairman, MEGA. “Through this initiative, we aim to create a benchmark in terms of taking e-governance to the next level, not only for the state of Gujarat, but also for the entire nation,” she added.

 Shri I. P. Gautam, Vice-Chairman, MEGA said “Leveraging advanced technology has become extremely crucial to upgrade nations transport system and eliminate bottlenecks. We are glad to partner with SAP and lay a solid foundation for an intelligent urban rail system”.

 MEGA team is confident that SAP implementation will facilitate greater transparency and agility in the system and will assist them  in improving  operational proficiency. SAP’s partner ATOS implemented the project in 6 months. This project included deployment of various solutions from SAP such as SAP ECC, SAP BusinessObjects, SAP EHS, SAP Payroll and SAP Netweaver.

 “The use of cutting-edge IT technology has become a critical approach to achieve transparency and improve efficiency across the end to end business processes”, said Shri Vijay Nehra, Chief Executive Officer, MEGA. “With SAP, we aim to accelerate the performance of operational models and comprehensively improve the decision-making efficiency thereby elevating the service level,” he added.

 “Transportation sector have begun to leverage innovative technology to help them prepare for  rapid urbanization and address sustainable growth,” said Mathew Thomas, Vice President – Strategic Industries, SAP India. “Through this collaboration, SAP is proud to play a part to help MEGA provide its citizen with a world class metro rail travel experience and simultaneously contribute to the socio-economic development of the society”, he added

 The proposed metro project by MEGA will have, ballast-less tracks, driverless air-conditioned coaches, GPS based rail tracking system, train destination indicators & stations with support infrastructure like automated fare collection, m-ticketing, parking facilities, etc.

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