Light Metro Rail system in Indore and Bhopal planned to be launched by 2018

भोपाल Bhopal (BPL): The proposed light metro rail system in Indore and Bhopal cities are planned to be launched before 2018, Madhya Pradesh Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said here on Wednesday.

 “If everything goes as per the plan, then I am confident that the light metro rail system will commence its operations in Indore and Bhopal before 2018, which will be the first such project in the country,” Vijayvargiya told reporters. The light metro services will then be introduced in Jabalpur and Gwalior to meet the growing demand of a viable public transport system, the Urban Administration and Development Minister said. According to him, Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for the first phase of the Indore and Bhopal projects are currently being prepared, while pre-feasibility studies are being conducted for Jabalpur and Gwalior projects.

 Talking about the Simhastha Kumbha Mela that will be held in Ujjain in 2016, Vijayvargiya, who is in-charge of the religious mega event, said the State Government has sanctioned Rs1,750 crore for 255 infrastructure-related works.

“This time the Government has planned to organise ‘Green Simhastha’, under which only the vehicles running on bio-fuels will ply in the mela area. There will also be a ban on use of polythene there,” the Minister said. He also informed that an international-level seminar on Yoga will be organised during the event. In order to develop infrastructure in the cities, the Government has started Chief Minister Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme, Chief Minister Urban Drinking Water Scheme.

Vijayvargiya informed that the sanctity of holy temple town Ujjain will be maintained during the Simhastha Mela to be held in 2017. “We are committed to keep Ujjain pollution-free and the slogans for this year’s Simhastha is ‘Green and Clean Simhastha’. Dera Sacha Sauda, non-profit Social Welfare and Spiritual Organisation from Haryana, was given charge to maintain cleanliness during Simhastha,” he said briefing media here after completion of one year in the office. Vijayvargiya said that the water of holy river Kshipra would not be polluted as the drains are being channelised and the water would be used for agriculture purpose.

 He said that the scarcity of water in the river would also take place as the river has been linked with Narmada. An international yoga convention would also be held during Simhastha which would give an international flavour to the religious congregation. The Minister said that 75 per cent work of Simhastha was completed and the remaining work would be done before the deadline. He said that Rs1,750 crore was sanctioned thus far and the Government would allocate more funds.