Varanasi Metro – Information, Route Map, Fares, Tenders & Updates

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Varanasi Metrolite is an urban Light Rail Transit (LRT) system with 2 lines and 26 stations proposed to be built in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh by the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (UPMRCL).

The project’s first Detailed Project Report (DPR) envisioning a heavy-rail based system was prepared by RITES in 2015. It envisioned roughly 80% of Phase 1’s lines to be built underground. This DPR was approved by the Uttar Pradesh’s state cabinet on April 18, 2016 and by the Central Government’s cabinet on May 23, 2016.

The project in 2017 was put on hold due to its high cost and low ridership projections which were not in line with the Government of India’s new Metro Rail Policy.

Since then, the project has been recast / rebranded as a Light Metro Rail or Metrolite project. In December 2019, RITES finalized its route connecting BHEL and BHU and submitted its report to the Uttar Pradesh government.

Key Figures

Operational: 0 km | Under Construction: 0 km | Proposed: 29.235 km

• Estimated Cost: Rs 7,000 crores

Varanasi Metro Phase 1 Routes (Proposed)

Line 1: BHEL – BHU (Benaras Hindu University)

  • Length: 19.35 km
  • Number of Stations: 17
  • Station Names: BHEL, Tarna, Shivpur, Sangam Colony, Gilat Bazar, Bhojubeer, Collectorate, Nadesar, Varanasi Junction, Kashi Vidyapeeth, Rathyatra, Benia Bagh, Kashi Vishvanath, Bangali Tola, Ratnakar Park, Tulsi Manas Mandir and Benaras Hindu University

Line 2: Benia Bagh – Sarnath

  • Length: 9.885 km
  • Number of Stations: 9
  • Station Names: Benia Bagh, Kotwali, Machoori Park, Kashi Bus Depot, Jalalipura, Punchikrshi, Abapur, Havelia and Sarnath

Varanasi Metro Phase 1 Route Map (Future)

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Varanasi Metro Fares (Ticket Prices)

Varanasi Metro’s fare structure, prices, rules and ticket types haven’t been announced yet. That will be finalized closer to the start of commercial operations.

Varanasi Metro Tenders

Varanasi Metro’s tenders can be viewed on the UPMRCL’s website. No tenders for its pre-construction work have been invited yet. News on these notices, their bidders and contracts will be covered in further detail on the news & construction page.

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Page last updated: June 19, 2023. Have a question or spot an error? Let me know here.