New Delhi: The Bihar government on Tuesday approved a Rs.16,960 crore metro rail project for capital Patna, which will initially run from Saguna More to Patna Junction, covering 27 stations in the first phase.
Planned as a public-private partnership, (PPP) the project will have three phases. In the first phase, it will complete North-South and East-West corridors.
The project was conceived in 2011 and the state government had asked the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) to prepare a feasibility report.
The government will now send the report to the urban development ministry for Union Cabinet’s approval.
Since May 2014 when the Narendra Modi government took over at the Centre, the Union cabinet has approved three metro rail projects—the Nagpur Metro Rail Project with a length of 38.21 km along two corridors at a cost of Rs.8,680 crore; the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-1 covering 35.96 km at a cost of Rs.10,773 crore; and the Lucknow Metro Rail Project over 22.878 km with 22 stations at a cost of Rs.6,928 crore.
Among other metro rail projects awaiting clearance from the Cabinet are a metro network for the tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, Ludhiana Metro Rail project and Dehradun-Rishikesh-Haridwar Metro Rail project.
Metro rail is currently coming up in several cities, including Hyderabad (Telangana), Kochi (Kerala), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and Nagpur (Maharashtra).