Yesterday, the Bihar cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar gave its approval (see notice) to the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Patna Metro Rail project! The Rs 16,960 crore project’s DPR with 2 lines totaling 30.92 km was prepared by RITES Ltd. with whom the state government signed a MoU in June 2013. As part of the approval, the cabinet has directed the state’s Urban Development Department to send funding proposals to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
As per the details available in the approval notice, Phase 1 of the project consists of the following 2 lines:
Line 1 (East – West): Danapur Cantonment – Bypass Chowk: 16.9 km with 14 stations
- Elevated: 5.29 km with 4 stations
- Underground: 11.33 km with 9 stations
- At-grade (ground): .28 km with 1 station
- List of stations: Danapur Cantonment, Saguna Mor, RPS Mor, IAS Colony, Rukkanpura, Rajabazaar, JD Women’s College, Raj Bhavan, Secretariat, High Court, Income Tax Roundabout, Patna Junction, CNLU, Mithapur and Bypass Chowk
Line 2 (North – South): Patna Junction – ISBT: 14.02 km with 12 stations
- Elevated: 9.625 km with 9 stations
- Underground: 4.575 km with 3 stations
- List of stations: Patna Junction, Dak Bungalow, Gandhi Maidan, Kargil Chowk, PMCH, Patna University, Pre Chandra Rangashala, Dinkar Golambar, Rajendra Nagar, NMCH, Kumhrar Park, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Zero Mile and ISBT
Here’s a map with both the lines. I’ll soon prepare an information page for Patna’s Metro.
With this approval granted, the DPR will now be sent to the union government for its clearance and a metro nodal agency/organization along the lines of the DMRC & BMRCL will be formed to execute it. I wager a 1000 bucks that it’ll be named PMRC 🙂
With the state government’s guidance, the nodal agency can choose to begin the tendering process and civil construction while waiting for the union government & public investment board (PIB)’s approval like previously done in Bangalore, Chennai and Lucknow, but it remains it to be seen if that route will be taken. If it chooses to do that, then I’ll make sure to either tweet about it from my Twitter handle or post an update here on the site.
For more updates on Patna’s metro system, check out the Patna section of The Metro Rail Guy!