Varanasi (Metro Rail News): The detailed project report on Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) phase-I, submitted by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) in December 2019, for an urban Light Rail Transit (LRT) system transit system in Varanasi will be reviewed in the first week of September.
In its report, RITES has proposed a light Metro corridor between BHEL (Tarna) and BHU (Lanka) after the proposal for Metro sanctioned in 2015 was not found feasible for the old city area and was discarded in June 2019.
Since Metro rail was not found feasible and discarded, RITES was asked to suggest alternatives keeping the topography of the city in mind and has proposed light Metro on one stretch.
“As mass rapid transit system projects entail heavy investment, the government wants to ensure it is feasible, effective and serves the needs of people while keeping in mind the ground realities of this congested city so that it doesn’t become a liability,” said Divisional Commissioner Deepak Agarwal.
The next review is scheduled in the first week of September and will be attended by principal secretary (housing) Deepak Kumar, UPMRC managing director Shri Kumar Keshav, officials of RITES and local authorities according to sources.