Patna: People in Patna can now dream of having a metro facility in their state. Deepak Kumar, state chief secretary has approved the revised Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Patna Metro Rail project. The DPR will now be put before the state cabinet.
The approval came on Tuesday with Kumar giving nod to the DPR submitted to him by the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES). The revised DPR is made as per new metro rail policy framed by the central government.
Chaitanya Prasad, the urban development and housing department (UDHD)’s principal secretary shared that the revised estimated investment for the rail project is approximately 19,500 crore. This also comprises of land acquisition cost to construct the metro rail project.
RITES had earlier prepared a report which was later on revised based on new rail policy. The National Institute of Technology-Patna prepared the alternative analysis report as well as the comprehensive mobility plan for the Patna Metro rail project.
Suresh Kumar Sharma, UDHD minister communicated that once the DPR is tabled in state cabinet and gets the nod, it will then be submitted for approval to the central government. Sharma added that he is hoping that the work on Patna Metro begins by 2018-19 so that this service can be started on time for commuters.
As per the revision made in DPR, in the first phase work will start on the 14km north-south corridor stretch. This corridor will begin from Patna Junction to Ramachak inter-state bus terminus via Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar.
For the second phase’s east corridor, work is expected to start once the foundation stone for the north-south corridor is laid by the officials. The 17km east-west corridor will start from Mithapur bus stand to Danapur via Bailey Road and end at Patna Junction.
Sanjay Dayal , UDHD special secretary explaining the plan shared that the north-south corridor line would run on an elevated stretch. He added that while the plan was to make it partly underground from Rajendra Nagar to PMCH. The east-west corridor will be elevated from Danapur to RPS Mor and an underground line will be developed from Saguna Mor to Patna Junction shared Dayal.