Patna: State urban development and housing department minister Suresh Kumar Sharma on Friday said work on Patna metro rail project would commence from 2019. To begin with, the six-km long stretch between Mithapur and proposed inter-state bus terminal on Patna-Gaya Road will be covered, the minister added.
“The Centre recently came up with a new policy for execution of metro rail projects in the country. Accordingly, we have asked RITES, an agency of Indian Railways, to tweak the existing detailed project report (DPR) for Patna metro rail project as per the provisions of the new metro policy. We are expecting the DPR to be revised in six months, following which it would be submitted to the Centre. We are intending to commence work on the first phase of the project by 2019,” Sharma said.
The first corridor would be an east-west corridor, which would run from Mithapur bus stand to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Patna Junction, covering a distance of 14.5km. The second corridor, on the other hand, is a north-south corridor, which would run from Patna Junction to proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar Terminal, covering a distance of 16.5km.
Metro rail apart, Sharma also issued instructions to all urban local bodies in the state to improve sanitation in order to ensure better ranking in ‘Swachch Sarvekshan’ of the central government. Sharma was speaking on the sidelines of a workshop organised by urban development department for 27 ULBs in the state on ‘Swachch Sarvekshan, 2017’.