NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News):
The Raipur Metropolitan Region, also known as the Raipur Metropolitan Area and Greater Raipur, is an urban agglomeration in the state of Chhattisgarh that includes Raipur-Naya Raipur and some of Durg Bhilai. The Raipur Development Authority, Raipur Municipal Corporation, and Nava Raipur Vikas Pradhikaran are in charge of the area. The overall population of the Raipur metropolitan region was 2,343,334 according to 2011 census data, which includes the population of Raipur-Bhilai-Durg, which has a total urban area of 800.02 Kms.
Raipur Light Metro, also known as Metrolite, is a light rail transit (LRT) system proposed by the state’s Urban Administration and Development to be developed in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Since 2019, when the state government signed an agreement with Nuam Technopreneur Pvt Ltd, an unknown entity, to create a line linking Shastri Chowk and Tatibandh, a light rail system has been in the works. The company suggested covering the entire cost of the project and operating contemporary battery-powered trains with a capacity of 1068 people for 30 years. That project never came to fruition.
Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Union Housing and Urban Development Minister, asked the Chhattisgarh state government to draft and submit a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for financial consideration in February 2021.
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- Proposed: unknown
- Project Completion: Not announced (to be declared)
- Expected Completion: 2028 (if approved by central & state government in 2023).
In the state budget announced on March 7, the Chhattisgarh government made a strong push for metro and aviation connectivity. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel announced the introduction of Metro Lite services from Nava Raipur Atal Nagar to Durg in his presentation of the Chhattisgarh Budget 2023.
Metro Lite is a popular means of public transport in smaller cities. This system, which can be built for roughly forty per cent of the cost of a high-capacity metro system, is more viable and sustainable due to lower capital, operation, and maintenance costs. Durg, located approximately 40 kilometres from the state capital, is Chhattisgarh’s second-largest urban area after Raipur.
The Chief Minister also announced Rs 28.26 crore for the new Chhattisgarh Bhawan in New Delhi’s Chanakyapuri. The budget also includes funding for the construction of a new airfield in Baikunthpur and a commercial airport in Korba. A provision has been designed and developed for the establishment of an Aerocity near Raipur Airport to promote professional and commercial activities.
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