Construction Works on Patna Metro Rail to start in 6 months, DMRC bags the Consultant role

Bihar cabinet gives nod to DMRC to execute Patna Metro Rail project.

PATNA: The construction work on the ambitious Patna metro rail project will start in the next six months, senior officials in urban development and housing department (UDHD) said on Wednesday. The state cabinet on Tuesday approved Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as General Consultant for the project.

According to the proposal moved by the urban development and housing department, the DMRC will be paid a consultation fee of Rs.482.9 Crore.

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.

“Talks were going on with DMRC and the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited for the execution of the Patna project. But we were more inclined towards DMRC as it has good track record in timely execution of metro projects. Besides, their consultation fee was comparatively lower. Hence, it was decided to hand over the project to DMRC and a final nod was given by the state cabinet on Tuesday,” a senior UDHD official said.

Elaborating on the steps to be taken following the cabinet nod, the UDHD official said: “A memorandum of understanding will be signed between the DMRC and the Patna Metro Rail Corporation Limited (PMRCL). DMRC is likely to set up its office in Patna within a fortnight, followed by a survey of right of way and land-acquisition requirements on the two earmarked corridors for the project.”The officials said DMRC will commence field location survey (FLS) following the agreement with PMRC.

“We will start with FLS process to identify exact spots for stations, depots and root alignment. The DMRC will get its own workforce to look after the project execution work,” said Sanjay Dayal, special secretary in UDHD. He said land acquisition will start following the FSL.

 “A committee headed by Patna divisional commissioner has already been formed to ensure timely land acquisition for the project,” Dayal said.

When asked about any changes in the alignment of the two corridors identified so far, Dayal said some issues have cropped up in the alignment of second corridor near Kumhrar Park. “Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has raised some objections near its Kumhrar site. We will decide on alternate route. The DMRC will do the feasibility study and suggest the alternate route,” he said.

DMRC is to be paid Rs482.9 crore as consultation fee for the first phase work, which has two corridors — east-west and north-south. The east-west corridor will be between Danapur and Mithapur via Patna Junction, while the north-south corridor is to be from Patna Junction to proposed ISBT via Dak Bungalow crossing, Gandhi Maidan, Ashok Rajpath and Rajendra Nagar Terminal. The east-west corridor will be 16.94km-long with elevated 5.48km and total 12 stations — three elevated, eight underground and one at grid.

The north-south corridor will be 14.45km-long with 1km of elevated path and 4.55km underground. It will also have 12 stations — nine elevated and three underground.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will contribute 60% of the total project cost as loan while 20% each will be contributed by the Centre and the state.

The two proposed corridors East-west: Danapur Cantonment-Saguna Mor-Raja Bazar-Hartali Mor-Income Tax roundabout-Patna Junction-Mithapur North-south corridor: Patna Junction-Dak Bungalow crossing-Gandhi Maidan-Ashok Rajpath-Rajendra Nagar Terminal-proposed ISBT. The two corridors identified in the detailed project report for the metro project, include 14.45km north- south corridor (proposed ISBT- Rajendra Nagar Terminal- Ashok Rajpath- Gandhi Maidan- Dak Bungalow Crossing- Patna Junction) and 16.95km east-west corridor (Danapur cantonment-Saguna Mor- Raja Bazar- JD Women’s College- Hartali Mor- Income Tax Rounabout- Dak Bungalow crossing- Patna Junction- CNLU- Mithapur).

“The Patna metro rail project is targeted to be completed by 2024. Following conclusion of initial surveys, the DMRC will commence the process of selection of constrictor for construction works,” the UDHD official said.

The Centre as well as state governments will contribute 20% each of the project cost, while the remaining 60% of the funds would be met by taking financial aid. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will contribute 60%.

The foundation for the metro project was laid by PM Narendra Modi through remote control from Mokama on February 17, this year. The project is to be executed utilizing an estimated outlay of Rs 13,365.8 crore in a targeted timeframe of five years.

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.