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News Entry# 288908
Dec 17 2016 (10:32)  Metro rail work unlikely to start before 2017 end (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Patna: The Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES Limited) has completed the ‘Quick Assessment Study’ of the feasibility of operating Metro Rail in Patna -- a mandatory exercise stipulated by the Centre. The engineering consultancy firm submitted the interim study report to the Bihar urban development and housing department on Thursday.
Sources said the final report would be submitted to the Union urban development ministry within a week for its approval to the project’s funding pattern, which would include 20% contribution from the Centre.“Though we had submitted a comprehensive mobility assessment report along with a detailed projected report (DPR) for the Metro Rail project to the Centre, a fresh mobility study report was sought. The study was done by the RITES
Limited, and we have got the report,” said a state urban development department official.
The ‘Quick Assessment Study’ included traffic surveys, including traffic volume at key points on the identified corridor, traffic flow at key junctions, road- intersection points and alighting points at identified bus stops, among others. The traffic demand forecast for the next 20 years was also assessed.
The DPR for the Metro Rail project in Patna was given in-principle approval by CM Nitish Kumar on December 22 last year, which was followed by the state cabinet’s approval on February 9 this year. The project proposal talks about the creation of two corridors in the first phase, covering a distance of 31km.
The 14.5km east-west corridor is proposed to run from Mithapur Bus Stand to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Patna Junction. The 16.5km north-south corridor is to run from Patna Junction to the proposed bus stand at Bairiya on the Patna-Gaya road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar Terminal.
Official source said the actual construction work would not start before the end of 2017. “We will submit a final report on the ‘Quick Assessment Study’ to the Union urban development ministry within a week. It may take three to four months to get approvals to it from the project funding agencies, including the Centre. The subsequent bidding process will take another six months while few more months will be spent on awarding contracts and mobilising equipment,” explained the urban development department official.
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