PATNA (Metro Rail News): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed several changes in the detailed project report (DPR) of Patna Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) prepared by Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES).
They have proposed linking of the two corridors by constructing a 3km-long viaduct with interchange station at Khemni Chak to increase passengers’ mobility. DMRC has also proposed underground metro stations on the two corridors at Patna Junction to provide easy interchange. The changes have been proposed through a letter written by the DMRC project director to the PMRC managing director on November 11.
DMRC is the executing agency of the Patna metro project. As per the new alignment proposed by DMRC, Mithapur station in the east-west corridor (1) and Khemni Chak station in the north-south corridor (II) will have a distance of only 3 kilometers. The two stations will be connected by a viaduct with an additional two stations and an interchange at Khemni Chak. In the present DPR, there was no such connecting facility between the two corridors. In the corridor-1, to start from Danapur cantonment up to Mithapur, the DMRC has proposed an elevated Pataliputra metro station, instead of an underground one planned earlier.
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In another section of the same corridor between Rukanpura and Raja Bazar, the DPR suggested the demolition of 44 private structures. The DMRC has now suggested to PMRC to look for some other option as the demolition of private structures may cause problems. They have also proposed to remove the Golf Club metro station, as the next station near Patna Zoo is only 670 meters away. In the corridor-II starting from Patna Junction to New ISBT, the DMRC has suggested avoiding Kumhrar area as it is archaeologically important.
As per the DPR, the alignment between ISBT and Rajendra Nagar station was supposed to pass through Zero Mile-Gandhi Setu-Kumhrar-NMCH. But DMRC has suggested ISBT-Zero Mile-Bhootnath Road-Khemni Chak-Malahi Pakri-Rajendra Nagar Terminal route. In the same corridor, Akashwani and Patna Junction have now been proposed to be kept underground.
This will sort out the problem of land acquisition as the alignment passes through the Akashwani plot and a judge’s bungalow. Also, another metro station of corridor-1 near Patna Junction had been kept underground. If metro stations of both the corridors become underground, it will help in seamless interchange.