Patna: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has bagged the role of Consultant for Patna Metro Rail project, which is likely to take off by the end of this year. The final fight was between DMRC and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), following which the project was awarded to DMRC looking at its excellent track record in developing the Delhi Metro. Besides it also works as Consultant for Lucknow Metro.
A decision in this regard was taken at the Cabinet Meeting presided by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
For the project, a MoU would be signed between DMRC and PMRC very soon and it would be paid a consultation fee of Rs. 482.9 crores. It will complete the work on “Deposit Work Method” . DMRC is expected to start its operations by the end of this month. The initial planning work includes survey of routes, land acquisition process and the outsourcing of contracts. It would also perform drone survey of the alignment of both the corridors of the metro after which the land will be marked for the metro route.
The DMRC is expected to finalize the land initiate the Tender process by October 15. It is expected that the construction work would commence by December 2019. PMRC expects to roll out the first line of Metro by 2024, which would run parallel to Bailey Road. It would start from Danapur Cantonment, run parallel to the Bailey Road till Dakbungalow Square, from where it would turn towards Patna Junction and end up at Mithapur. Another Line would connect Patna Junction to Rajendra Nagar Terminal via Gandhi Maidan. The total length of both these lines would be 30km, half of which shall be elevated while the other half shall be underground.
The construction cost of both these lines are expected to be Rs. 13,365.8 crores (USD $2 billion), out of which Central and State Government would finance 20% each. The remaining 60% finance would be borne by Japan.