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Boost to connectivity as Modi cabinet approves Patna Metro Rail Project

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PATNA: The long-cherished dream of the residents to have metro facility in Patna is likely to become a reality soon.

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The Union Cabinet chaired in a significant move has no approved Rs13365.77 crore Patna Metro Rail Project having two Metro Rail Corridors.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

The PM will lay the foundation stone of the project on February 17 at Barauni town in the presence of chief minister Nitish Kumar. The project will take five years to complete.

Authorities said the first corridor Danapur Cantt to Mithapur will pass through the heart of city and connect densely populated areas Raza Bazar, Secretariat, High Court, Law University Railway Station.

The second corridor Patna Jn. to ISBT will connect Gandhi Maidan, PMCH, Patna University, Rajendra Nagar, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Transport Nagar and ISBT.

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Reports said the Metro will provide Eco friendly and sustainable Public Transport to residents, commuters, industrial workers, visitors and travelers.

Patna Metro Project Highlights:

The length of Danapur to Mithapur corridor is 16.94 km, which is mostly underground (11.20 km) and partly elevated (5.48 km) and comprises of 11 Stations (3-Elevated and 8-Underground).

The length of Patna Station to New ISBT corridor is 14.45 km, which is mostly elevated (9.9 km) and partly underground (4.55 km) and comprising of 12 stations (9-Elevated and 3-Underground).

The existing population of 26.23 lakh of Patna agglomeration area is expected to be benefitted by Patna Metro Rail Project directly and indirectly.

The approved corridors will be having Multimodal Integration with Railway Stations &ISBT Station and will have feeder network of Bus, Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) and Non Motorised Transport (NMT).

The Project will have non-fare box revenue from rental & advertisement as well asValue Capture Financing  (VCF) through mechanism of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Transfer of Development Rights (TDK).

The residential areas along this Metro Rail corridors shall be immensely benefitted by this project, as the people of these areas will be able to travel on trains from their own neighborhoods to reach different areas of the city conveniently.

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