Patna (PNBE): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday approved the draft detailed project report on the Patna Metro rail.
A corresponding proposal would now be sent to the state cabinet for approval.
The officials of Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) took the decision during the presentation on the draft DPR before the chief minister.
Nitish also instructed the RITES officials to conduct survey of two more routes in the Metro rail network – Danapur to Gandhi Maidan and Gandhi Maidan to Patna City – in the second phase of the project.
The draft DPR approved today talks about two corridors in the first phase of the Metro project covering a total distance of 31km. The first one would be an east-west corridor, which would run from Mithapur bus stand to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Patna Junction, covering a distance of 14.5km. The second selected corridor is a north-south corridor, which would run from Patna Junction to the proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya Road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar Terminal, covering a total distance of 16.5km.
“The DPR on Metro rail project would now be sent to the cabinet for a nod. Upon approval from the cabinet, it would be sent to the central government for seeking its approval as the project is proposed to be executed in government-funded mode,” said a senior official present in the meeting.
The official added that the cabinet’s nod would also be sought for formation of a special purpose vehicle, to be named Patna Metro Rail Corporation, which would look after execution of the project.
Sources said the central and the state governments would contribute towards the project. Besides, the state government would also approach international funding agencies such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) or Asian Development Bank (ADB) for seeking soft loans.
Prospective investors have turned down the public-private partnership mode of execution of the project. During a global investors’ meet held in Patna on the Metro on January 28, most of the 40 firms had turned the PPP mode of execution of the project.
Among the notable firms present in the meet were Reliance Infrastructure Limited and Tata Reality and Infrastructure Limited, who can make financial contribution to the project. Most other firms were either technical consultants or infrastructure developers, who do not make financial contribution to the project cost.