Uttarakhand announces special allocation for Dehradun Metro in Budget 2023

Dehradun Metro project to be a low-cost Metro Neo service with two corridors, awaiting central government approval.

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Metro-Neo/Representational image: Image from UKMRC
Metro-Neo/Representational image: Image from UKMRC

UTTARAKHAND (Metro Rail News): Uttarakhand government announces special allocation for Dehradun Metro The Uttarakhand government has announced a special allocation of Rs 101 crore for the Dehradun Metro project in its Budget 2023.

The Dehradun Metro project will be a Metro Neo service with two corridors: the North South corridor from Inter-State Bus Terminal to Gandhi Park and the East-West corridor from Forest Research Institute to Raipur. The ISBT-Gandhi Park corridor will have 10 elevated stations passing through important areas, and the FRI-Raipur corridor will have 15 stations passing through areas like Ballupur Chowk, IMA Blood Bank, and Doon School. Officials from the Uttarakhand Metro Rail Corporation have said that the project has already been approved by the state government and is awaiting approval from the central government.

Proposed Metro Neo in Dehradun/Image from UKMRC
Proposed Metro Neo in Dehradun/Image from UKMRC

MetroNeo as an alternative to conventional metro rail Metro projects are capital-intensive,
and MetroLite and MetroNeo have emerged as alternatives to conventional metro rail. MetroNeo is an electric coach that runs on rubber tires and is powered by an overhead traction system, with an exclusive right of way on a road slab. In November 2020, a standard specification was issued for the MetroNeo system, which offers a comparable experience in terms of comfort, convenience, safety, punctuality, reliability, and environmental friendliness to that of a conventional metro system. This system is particularly suited for tier-two cities and can be developed at a cost that is approximately 25 percent of a conventional metro system’s cost. Its low capital cost is attributed to a much lighter civil structure, lesser axle load, absence of track and signalling, open and simple station structure, and requirement of low power rated electrical equipment among other factors.

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