The state cabinet of Bihar approved the appointment of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as consultant for the ambitious Patna metro rail project. DMRC will be paid a consultation fee of Rs 482.9 crore.
Discussions were going on with DMRC and the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited for the execution of the ambitious Patna metro project. However, since DMRC has a good track record in timely execution of metro projects, it was decided to hand over the project to DMRC and a final nod was given by the state cabinet. DMRC is also executing metro rail projects in Noida, Lucknow and Gurgaon among others.
A memorandum of understanding will be signed between the DMRC and the Patna Metro Rail Corporation Limited (PMRCL). DMRC is likely to set up its office in Patna within a fortnight, followed by a survey of right of way and land-acquisition requirements on the two earmarked corridors for the project.
The two corridors identified in the detailed project report for the metro project, include 14.45km north- south corridor (proposed ISBT- Rajendra Nagar Terminal- Ashok Rajpath- Gandhi Maidan- Dak Bungalow Crossing- Patna Junction) and 16.95km east-west corridor (Danapur cantonment-Saguna Mor- Raja Bazar- JD Women’s College- Hartali Mor- Income Tax Rounabout- Dak Bungalow crossing- Patna Junction- CNLU- Mithapur). The project is to be executed utilizing an estimated outlay of Rs 13,365.8 crore in a targeted timeframe of five years. The Patna metro rail project is targeted to be completed by 2024. Following conclusion of initial surveys, the DMRC will commence the process of selection of constrictor for construction works.
The Centre as well as state governments will contribute 20% each of the project cost, while the remaining 60% of the funds would be met by taking financial aid. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will contribute 60%.