Delhi Metro Rail Corporation To Begin Work On Patna Metro By End Of 2019 After Completing Drone Based Survey Delhi Metro - representative image (Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Bihar Cabinet on Tuesday (3 August) approved the allotment of Patna Metro Rail Project work to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), an official said. The cabinet allotted the Patna Metro work to DMRC on nomination basis.

The state Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar said that DMRC will complete the work on “Deposit Work Method” at a project cost of Rs 482.87 crore.

During the board meeting of Patna Metro Rail Corporation Limited (PMRCL) last week, it was decided to award the construction work of both the corridors of the metro to DMRC.

DMRC will commence its operations by the end of this month which will include initial planning work like survey of routes, land acquisition process and the outsourcing of contracts.

DMRC’s team is deploying drone based survey to map out the alignment of both the corridors of the Patna Metro. The entire land will be exclusively marked for the metro route on the basis of drone survey.

The construction work of Patna Metro, that envisages two corridors in the first phase, will begin by the end of this year once the tendering process is completed. The entire metro project in the first phase will be completed within five years.

Of the two corridors in the first phase, the first corridor will be between Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur bus stand while the second corridor will be from Patna junction to proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya road via Gandhi Maidan.

The total length of both these lines would be 30 km, half of which shall be elevated while the other half shall be underground.

The cost of Patna metro is estimated to be Rs 13,365.8 crores ($2 billion), out of which Central and State Government would finance 20 per cent each. The remaining 60 per cent financing would be borne by Japan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 17 February laid the foundation stone for the Patna Metro Rail Project.

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