In a significant move ahead of the Assembly polls, the Uttarakhand government signed a pact with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) to introduce the metro rail in the hill state. In the first phase, the metro line will be built between Dehradun and Rishikesh. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between the state Urban Housing Development Authority (UUHDA) and DMRC. The DMRC will submit initial report after a month and the details of Departmental Project Report (DPR) to the state government after five months. UUHDA will give an amount of about Rs 2 crore to the DMRC to draft the DPR for the purpose. In the second phase the metro lines will be laid on Dehradun-Haridwar and Dehradun-Kalsi route. DMRC will be later asked to prepare full proposal to extend the metro lines for the second phase. The MoU between UUHDA and DMRC was signed three days after the state Cabinet approved the proposal to construct metro rail lines. Total cost of the project will be estimated as per Rs 250 crore per km. The metro rail line passing through Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun will enable a hassle-free commute for the residents there. It will also boost tourism in the region.