New Delhi: In an attempt to provide hassle-free transport facilities across cities in the country, the Union Government is all set to clear metro projects for nine cities entailing a whopping investment worth Rs. 83,000cr, said official sources elaborating that the cities included Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada, while work is already in full swing on building metro projects in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Nagpur.
The urban development ministry’s initial estimates indicated that the cost of constructing one km of metro rail stretch is around Rs. 250 Crore and that a total of 223 km will be covered by these metro projects. Currently, 259 km of metro rail is operational of which, 189 km is in Delhi, 60 km in other cities, including Chennai, Bengaluru and Nagpur. As a matter of fact, about 528 km of metro lines entailing a staggering investment worth Rs. 1.64 lakh Crore, including 138 km in Delhi and 25 km in Kochi will become operational very shortly.