PATNA (Metro Rail News): Patna Metro Rail Project is progressing at very low pace as just 1% work is completed for the project in more than two years after its foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February, 2019.
Recently, Rajya Sabha MP and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi held a meeting with Mangu Singh, the Managing Director of Delhi Metro and its director Daljit Singh and after the meeting, he informed that despite the tender being done, the construction work of Patna Metro depot is not being started due to non-availability of 20 hectares of land.
“During 10 months, 1% work is in the form of physical progress and 3.1% in the form of financial progress has been completed. It will expedite soon after 20 hectares of land is made available for the project”, said Sushil Kumar Modi.
According to Metro officials, the work on Priority Corridor of length 6.60 km from ISBT to Malahi Pakri has started. 20 hectares of land is required for the construction of the metro depot where metro trains will be stabled and maintained. Acquisition of land for this purpose will cost around INR 1000 Crores to the State Government.
Under Phase-1 of Patna Metro Rail Project, two corridors (East West Line & North-South Line) will be constructed having total length of 30.91 km consisting of 24 stations. The first corridor (East West Line) will have length of 16.86 km from Danapur Cantonment to Khemni Chak while the second corridor (North-South Line) will have length of 14.05 km from Patna Junction Railway Station to New ISBT. Both lines will be built on mixed elevated and underground corridors.
Patna Metro Rail Project is expected to cost INR 13,365.77 Crores and a loan amounting to INR 5520.93 Crores is also to be taken from the Government of Japan.