Patna: The Patna Metro, says its revised detailed project report, will run 20m beneath Bailey Road on the west-east corridor.
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the revised document submitted by the urban and housing development department. It will now be sent to the Centre.
Sharing details, a senior department official closely associated with the Metro project said: “The design of the project has been prepared in such a manner that it would not affect the existing structures and take care to cause minimum disturbance to commuters during its execution.”
The detailed project report was revised because, in the earlier one, the west-east corridor was supposed to run along the centre of Bailey Road but due to the execution of Lohia Path Chakra project, some portion of the Metro would have hindered its route.
“Roughly speaking, the stretch between Mahavir temple on Bailey Road and Niyojan Bhavan will now run north of the Bailey road median and hence, the Metro alignment would not come in the way of the Lohia Path Chakra,” said the official.
He said after the approval of the state cabinet, the document will now be sent to the Centre for final approval.
“Once the document is submitted to the Centre, we would pursue it so that the detailed project report could be approved at the earliest, as the goal is to lay the foundation stone of this ambitious project this year itself,” added the official.
Conceived in 2011, the Metro project entails laying of around 331km of tracks and developing two corridors — east-west and north-south — for providing seamless connectivity for commuters.
The revised detailed project report says that the project will have an estimated cost component of about Rs 17,800 crore.
While the west-east corridor will run between Danapur area and Patna Junction via Dakbungalow Square, the south-north corridor will run between the inter-state bus terminal and from there to Rajendra Nagar and then to Ashok Rajpath and finally, to the railway station via Gandhi Maidan. The urban and housing development department official said work on both the corridors could start simultaneously but these things will be decided only after the Centre approves the detailed project report.