New Delhi: In reply to a question by Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Rajya Sabha member Ram Kripal Yadav, Deepa Dasmunshi Union Minister of State for Urban Development wrote that the central government hasn’t received proposals from state governments for metro rail projects in the form of duly approved Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for Ahmedabad, Surat, Kanpur, Lucknow, Nagpur, Indore, Coimbatore, Patna and Kozhikode. The revised DPR of Pune has also not been received.
A scrutiny of the reply reveals that Kochi, which began planning in 2004, has already began work with 2% completed on the ground. In Mumbai, where the project was inaugurated by Prime Minister in 2006, 80% of the work for one line has been completed. For example Chennai and Jaipur, which began planning around 2007 and 2009 have already completed around 32% and 80% respectively. Gujarat, despite preparing a DPR in 2005, is still undecided about its route.
Dasmunshi also said the central government is supporting the preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for metro rail projects in all cities with populations above 20 lakh. However, actual sanction of the project by Government of India will depend on factors like overall justification, financial rate of return, ridership and availability of funds, among others.
Gujarat may have begun the planning of Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro project in 2003 but the project is yet to actually kick off. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) was prepared in 2005, but hasn’t yet to been submitted to the Union government.
The government, in the reply, also gave the status of projects that have begun. These include Delhi & National Capital Region (NCR), Bangalore Metro-I, Kolkata East – West, Chennai Metro, Kochi Metro, Jaipur Metro Rail Project, Mumbai Metro and Hyderabad Metro.
Officials said that for the past few years, authorities have not been able to lock in on a route. He said that in 2005, the DPR prepared by the consultants of Delhi Metro Corporation did so for two lines, one between Gandhinagar and APMC Vasna through Ashram Road and the other from Thaltej to Kalupur railway station.