Guwahati: The state cabinet on Wednesday gave the green signal for implementation of the state government’s ambitious Guwahati metro rail project, eleven months after former chief minister Tarun Gogoi laid the foundation stone of the project.
Transport minister Chandramohan Patowary said, “To ease the growing traffic congestion in Guwahati, the cabinet has approved the implementation of the metro rail project. The DPR prepared by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority has been submitted.”
The previous Congress government cabinet on February had last year approved the DPR, at an estimated cost of Rs 18,020 crore, with four lines totalling 203 km criss-crossing the city. Gogoi had laid the foundation stone on February 29 last year. The Congress cabinet had also approved the formation of special purpose vehicle, the Guwahati Metro Rail Corporation Limited (GMRCL), for implementing the project.
The new DPR plans on connecting the airport to Narengi via the Guwahati railway station, then cross the Brahmaputra to link North Guwahati in the first of four phases, Patowary said.