Patna: The Patna Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) will be formed on the lines of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). This corporation will also look after the work of construction and maintenance of metro rail project in Patna. The Urban Development and Housing Department has sent proposals to the Finance Department regarding the formation of Patna Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC). Once approved by the finance department, the proposal will go to the state cabinet, where the process of formation of the corporation will start after acceptance.
The work of Patna Metro Rail Project is currently being seen by the Town Development and Housing Department. Presently, the process of setting up of revised DPR of Patna Metro is underway in collaboration with NIT (National Institute of Technology) and RITES.
The state government is expected to get the revised DPR this month. After this the DPR will be sent to the Central Government for approval. Upon receipt of approval from Centre, the proposed PMRC will start tendering process for construction work of Patna Metro Rail Project.
According to pre-determined DPR, the cost of the 31 km long Patna Metro project was estimated to Rs16,960 crore. The 16 km part of the Patna Metro will be underground and rest 15 km of route will on surface (ground level). After the start of work in 2018-19, it is expected to be completed by 2021-22.
It is not yet determined that when the work will be start on the route of metro rail project as per revised DPR.
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However, according to officials the construction of six km route from Mithapur to Interarial Bus Stand in Bariya can be started first on priority basis. The state is planning to start work on between Satna Marg and Patna junction route.
What will be next now-
Modified DPR to be submitted to the Central Government by May 31. Central Government will evaluate DPR and sent NOC to State Government. It may take two to three months to get the principle consent. On receipt of consent, selection of SPV and formation of PMRC will be started through tendering process. Work will be start within 3 months after laying foundation of Patna Metro Rail project.
Progress till now-
– City Development and Housing Department passed resolution on June 18, 2013
– Suggestions from citizens invited till 11 November 2013
– On 28th January, 2015 the meeting took place at Investor Meet event
– Following the suggestion of investors, the state cabinet approves the project on February 09, 2016
– On May 20, 2015, the presentation of Patna Metro to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
55 Railway stations were proposed on five routes in the old DPR prepared by RITES.
– Proposal for amendment to DPR after the new metro policy of the Central Government on September 16, 2017
– Responsibility given to amend the DPR to NIT and RITES.