Metro May Arrive In Patna By 2024
If all goes well, Bihar capital Patna will get its first Metro corridor up and running by 2024 — talks around the development of this project started in 2011. The Bihar Cabinet on September 25 has given its nod for setting up the Patna Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (PMRCL) as the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the Metro rail project in the city.
By allotting Rs 2,000 crore, the Bihar Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has ensured that the road is clear for the PMRCL to take things forward. As of now, the Detailed Project Report (DPR) awaits the state’s and the Centre’s approval. A preliminary project report had already been approved by the state Cabinet, but now it requires revisions.
These revisions are necessary given that there had been alignment issues in the previous report. The revision will take into account that the Lohia Path Chakra project does not get affected.
Two corridors connecting Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur bus stand and the other one will connect Patna junction to the proposed bus stand at Bairiya, reports suggest. Overall, the Patna Metro Rail would be built at an estimated cost of Rs 17,000 crore. The first phase would be 31-km long.
If the Centre approves the DPR, the foundation stone would be laid by end of October this year.
Patna with a population of 20.32 lakh (Census 2011) is expected to take on an added population taking the toll to 36 lakh by 2031. Residents eagerly await a rapid-transit infrastructure in near future to remove some load off the road which leads to severe congestion. About 8.3 lakh registered vehicles, 68 per cent of which are two-wheelers make the traffic issue worse. As such, Patna is among the top cities to have been badly impacted by air pollution.