State chief secretary Deepak Kumar on Tuesday approved the proposed Patna Metro Rail’s revised detailed project report (DPR) for putting it up before the state cabinet. Urban development and housing department (UDHD)’s principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad said the revised estimated cost of the project would be Rs 19,500 crore, including land acquisition cost. The revised DPR was prepared by the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) as per the Centre’s new Metro Rail policy. The National Institute of Technology-Patna prepared the comprehensive mobility plan as well as the alternative analysis report for the project.
UDHD minister Suresh Kumar Sharma said once the DPR got the state cabinet nod, it would be submitted to the central government for approval. He hoped the work on the project would commence in 2018-19. As per the revised DPR, the work will begin on the 14km north-south corridor in the first phase, covering the stretch from Patna Junction to Ramachak inter-state bus terminus via Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar. The work on the east-west corridor will begin in the second phase soon after the foundation for the first phase will be laid. The 17km east-west corridor covers the stretch from Mithapur bus stand to Danapur via Bailey Road and Patna Junction.
UDHD special secretary Sanjay Dayal said the north-south corridor line would run on an elevated stretch, while the plan was to make it partly underground from Rajendra Nagar to PMCH. The east-west corridor will be elevated from Danapur to RPS Mor and an underground line will be developed from Saguna Mor to Patna Junction, he said.