Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Tuesday that work on the metro railway project in Patna would be addressed soon and that the state government would submit a corresponding detailed project report (DPR) to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the next four months.
Opened the Station Road overpass, Nitish said that the State Minister of the Union (independent housing) for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, during his recent visit to the state capital, assured that the DPR for the Patna Metro would be cleared in a minimum time. The vehicular movement on the new flyover that connects the bridge over the Mithapur road and the Chiraiya bridge and bridge will start on Wednesday.
“The central government has recently changed its policy for the development of Metro rail networks in the country, therefore we are obliged to change the DPR for the Patna Metro the state urban development department is finalizing the changes and we intend to present the DPR the next three to four months,” said Nitish Kumar.
The preliminary DPR for the proposed Metro in Patna involving an estimated disbursement of Rs16,960 crore received a chief approval from CM Nitish Kumar on December 22 last year, followed by an approval by the state cabinet on 9 December. February this year.
Meanwhile, the Center’s new metropolitan policy was approved by the central cabinet on August 16. According to sources, the new metropolitan policy foresees three financing options; public-private partnership (PPP) model with central assistance under the Feasibility Gap Fund (VGF) scheme of the Ministry of Finance, subsidy of the central government according to which 10% of the project cost will be granted as central aid in a lump sum and 50:50 capital share model between central government and state governments.
The sources said that the state government would opt for a funding pattern based on the Center’s and state’s contribution along with external financial aid. Decisions in this regard were taken at the urban development department review meeting on August 31.
The railway Metro proposal speaks of two riders in the first phase, covering a total distance of 31km. The first corridor would be an east-west corridor from the bus stop from Mithapur to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Patna Junction covering a distance of 14.5 km. The second north-south corridor would run from Patna Junction to the proposed bus stop at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya Road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar Terminal, covering a total distance of 16.5km.