NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The housing and urban affairs ministry informs the Center has received bids for Metro and Rapid rail projects totalling over 329 km in length across the National Capital Region (NCR) that are expected to cost approximately Rs 91,700 crore to complete.
This week, the ministry informed the Lok Sabha that these ideas are through various phases of “appraisal/approval.” According to the project information given to the Lower House, the ministry has been contacted about the proposal for the final three corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-IV, having a total of 47 kilometres in length. These corridors are expected to cost Rs 12.587 crore.
Similar to this, the government of Uttar Pradesh submitted its proposal for extending the Noida-Greater Noida Metro Link by around 15 km, at an estimated cost of about Rs 2,456 crore. The Haryana government has also requested authorisation for a spur to the proposed Dwarka Expressway and a 285 km Metro route from Huda City Center to Cyber City. This would require investments of approximately Rs 5,960 crore.
The RRTS projects make up the largest portion of the mass rapid rail proposals from the NCR constituent states, and they would demand the largest investment. According to the initial estimate, merely the 106.5 km Delhi-Gurgaon-SNB (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana Behror urban complex corridor will cost about Rs 35 216 crores. A proposal for a 33 km RRTS link from the SNB Complex to the Rajasthani industrial sector of Sotanala RIICO has also been submitted to the ministry. This 33-kilometre link is expected to cost around Rs. 6,188 crores.
Officials stated the expenses are currently being revised before being submitted for evaluation and approval.
Similar to that, the anticipated cost of the 103-kilometre Delhi Sonipat RRTS corridor is about Rs 29.300 crore.
These two and the Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor were identified as the UPA government’s priority stretches for the years 2012–2013.