Patna Metro Rail Project will connect major points of Patna City with Mass Rapid Transit Systems.Patna City which is the capital of Bihar, India. Also known as Patna Sahib or Patna Saheb. The location of Patna is on the southern bank of the river Ganges in Eastern India. The total area occupied for Patna is 136 km2 (53 sq mi). Out of which the municipal area constitutes 99 km2 (38 sq mi), and the suburban area constitutes 36 km2 (14 sq mi).
At currently the Town Development and Housing Department is seeing the Patna Metro projects. The process of setting up of revised DPR of Patna Metro is underway in collaboration with NIT (National Institute of Technology) and RITES.
The Patna Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) will also be formed on the lines of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). DMRC will also look after the work of construction and maintenance of metro rail project in Patna. Regarding the formation of Patna Metro project, the Urban Development and Housing Department has sent proposals to the Finance Department. If once approved by the finance department, the proposal will go to the state cabinet, and after their acceptance the process of formation of the corporation.
NIT-Patna has prepared the report based on the assessment of traffic at various routes and expected increase in coming years. Professor of civil engineering and dean (planning and development), Sanjeev Sinha part of the team also said that they plan to conduct a micro-level survey too. This will be carried on routes that have less than 15,000 commuters on a daily basis. They will also study areas where traffic is expected to increase exponentially by 2041 in order to plan metro rail routes to ease out traffic congestion in those areas.
The metro rail proposal consists of two corridors in the first phase, covering a total distance of 31km. The first corridor will be from Saguna Mor-Bailey Road- Patna Junction-Mithapur bus stand route, covering a total distance of 14.5km from the east to west. And the second corridor will be a north-south corridor, which will run from Patna Junction to proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya Road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan, and Rajendra Nagar Terminal will cover a total distance of 16.5km.
According to the sources, the total estimated expenditure for the metro rail project has been pegged at Rs 20,000 crore. And the Centre and state governments will contribute 20% of the project cost and the remaining 60% will be met by taking aid from financial agencies at a low-interest rate.