Patna: State urban development and housing minister Maheshwar Hazari would meet Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday to discuss the contours of Patna Metro project. Hazari is also likely to seek Centre’s in-principle approval to begin work on the much-awaited project.
Hazari told TOI on Thursday that the quick assessment study (QAS) for feasibility of operating metro rail in Patna had already been submitted to the Centre. “I would request the Union government to give us in-principle approval to start the work,” Hazari added.
“Since allotment of funds would take time, the state will urge the Centre to give it at least in-principle approval to the Patna Metro Rail project so that the process of applying for external loan and forming special purpose vehicle could be started,” said an officer, adding that it would take at least three months to get the loan approved.