Who: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
What: Approved Patna Metro Rail project
When: 22 December 2015
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on 22 December 2015 approved much anticipated Patna Metro Rail project’s proposal. The state government will now send the proposal for the union government’s clearance.
The proposal for the metro rail project was approved at a meeting, which was called to review the performance of the state urban development department at Patna.
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Patna Metro Rail project will be presented to the state cabinet for approval soon.
In 2014, the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) submitted the DPR on the project to the Bihar government, reducing the project estimates to 14000 crore rupees from 17000 crore rupees earlier.
Key proposals of the project
• The Metro proposal aims at two corridors in the first phase covering a total distance of 31km.
• The first corridor will run east to west over 14.5 Kilometres from Mithapur bus stand to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Patna Junction.
• The second north-south corridor will run from Patna Junction to the proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar Terminal over 16.5km.
• A corporation on the lines of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will be formed for monitoring the construction of the project in Patna.