DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Metro Rail Corporation (UKMRC) today approved the DPR (Detailed Project Report) of the Dehradun Metro Neo Project during the meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Om Prakash. The proposal will now be sent to the government for approval.
UKMRC had already starting preparing DPR of the Dehradun Metro Neo Project with the help of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) after Central Government had given approval for the same.
During the board meeting of UKMRC, DPR has been given green signal with partial amendments. According to MD of UKMRC, Jitendra Tyagi, partial amendments will be made to the DPR after that the proposal will be sent to the government to take the decision on it, after which further action will be taken.
Discussion was also held on running a local train between Haridwar and Rishikesh as per the instructions of the Government. For this, the Ministry of Railways has been asked to discuss all possibilities.
Metro Neo is a Mass Rapid Transit System that aims to provide safe, comfortable, reliable and energy efficient transportation services to the commuters. It has cost advantage as well as lighter and smaller in comparison to regular metro systems and is particularly suited for Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities.
Uttarakhand Government is now looking to develop Metro Neo systems for Rishikesh and Haridwar also. Recently, detailed discussions were carried out in a meeting between Bansidhar Bhagat, Uttarakhand Urban Development Minister and State officials and the Minister has directed the officials to prepare all technical details including the DPR for the proposed projects at the earliest.
Apart from Dehradun, cities of Gorakhpur, Prayagraj, Jammu, Srinagar, Rajkot, Baroda, Coimbatore, Bhiwadi have already sent proposals for Metro Neo. Recently, Public Investment Board (PIB), under the Ministry of Finance, has recommended Metro Neo Project for Nashik after its appraisal.