PATNA: The urban development and housing department (UDHD) have targeted to send the final detailed project report (DPR) for Patna metro rail project to the Centre in September.
he UDHD, which had earlier planned to submit the DPR by July 31st, extended the deadline in light of Lohia Path Chakra project, which envisages construction of four underpasses on the stretch of Bailey Road between Lalit Bhawan and Patna high court.
As Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur alignment is proposed to pass through Bailey Road, consultants of RITES, the agency preparing DPR for metro rail project and those of Lohia Path Chakra project were asked to study each other’s project to make necessary changes in the metro rail alignment.
Sanjay Dayal special secretary in urban development and housing department, the nodal agency of the metro rail project said that “We are planning to shift the proposed metro rail tracks slightly north of the central alignment of Bailey Road between Hanuman Mandir and HC. This will avoid overlapping of the metro tracks with the underpasses proposed under Lohia Path chakra project as the Saguna Mor- Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur alignment is proposed to be underground”.
Dayal added the DPR was almost finalized after making necessary changes in the wake of the new metro rail policy of the Centre. A preliminary DPR for metro rail project was approved by the state cabinet on February 9 last year, but it was required to be revised after the Centre came up with a new metro policy.
The revised comprehensive mobility plan – a document envisaging guidelines for setting up other modes of rapid transit for Patna has also been prepared by National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna and it forms a part of the revised DPR for the project.
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The metro rail proposal envisages two corridors in the first phase, covering a total distance of 31km. The first corridor will be developed on Saguna Mor-Bailey Road- Patna Junction-Mithapur bus stand route, covering a distance of 14.5km from the east to west. 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, covering a distance of 16.5km.
The estimated expenditure for the metro rail project has been pegged at Rs 20,000 crore. According to sources, 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.