Bhopal: For last eight years the Bhopal Metro Rail project is biting the dust. The project largely remains on paper till date with general public waiting to board the metro.
With a population of over 20 lakh people, Bhopal fits the metro bill. But unfortunately, nothing concrete has been done to initiate work on metro rail. Bhopalis now wait for the authorities to work towards turning the proposed metro rail into reality.
Bhopal too wants to want to find its name in the metro map. The mass transit system just wants the city wants. Many feel it is the complete package that will make traveling easier and better.
The general public feels that if the metro project is launched in the city, it will lead to the creation of jobs directly as well as indirectly. It will also give the much-needed impetus to the real estate market.
Residents who live along the proposed metro route are waiting for metro rail to roll in. Currently, people use private means of transport to travel within Bhopal. This leads to traffic congestion and also increases pollution levels.
If metro rail comes, residents will have a reliable, economical and comfortable means of public transport. This will automatically reduce reliance on private vehicles, reduce traffic chaos and to some extent bring down pollution levels.
There are several developing pockets like Kolar that are not well connected to the main city. With metro coming in, the lot of developing areas will get connected to other parts of the city too.
The local public is now getting restless and wants the authorities to initiate some plan to implement the proposed metro project.
The government of Madhya Pradesh has already taken a call to implement Metro Rail Projects in the cities of Bhopal and Indore. M.P. Metro Rail Company is also constituted to implement the metro rail projects
As per the plan it is proposed to have a rapid transit light metro system for Bhopal Metro. There will be a total of 89 stations in 3 corridors covering a distance of 35 kilometers. The estimated cost of this project comes to around ₹80 billion (US$1.2 billion) approximately. The Bhopal metro will have a three-way system involving road, underground and bridges as part of the plan. The expected ridership is pegged at around 2, 20,000 riders per day.
Three corridors have been proposed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
- M.P.Nagar to Mandideep
- Suruchi Nagar to BHEL (9km, 9 stations)
- Bairagarh to Mandideep.