Patna Metro to make change in alignment of North-South corridor

PATNA: The Patna Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) has directed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to make some changes in the alignment of the North-South corridor of the Patna Metro rail project.

According to the detailed project report (DPR) prepared by RITES, the elevated track was proposed to build between PMCH to Patna Railway Junction. But due to some roadblocks in the section such as non-availability of land in Fraser Raod, high population density, presence of sensitive stations (Radio and Doordarshan Kendra), the PMRC directed DMRC to prepare revised DPR with the provision of underground metro stations. PMRC will take the final decision after the revised report submitted by DMRC.

After revision in the plan, the metro rail between Patna Junction to Gandhi Maidan will pass through the underground section. Due to dense population and two sharp turns near the radio station, the construction of this section of about two and a half kilometers will also be made underground.

Presently, the proposed 14.45 km long North-South Corridor from Patna Junction to New ISBT is planned to build elevated. The stations planned on this route are Patna Junction, Akashvani, Gandhi Maidan, PMCH, Patna University, Premchand Rangshala, Rajendra Nagar Stadium, Malahi Pakri, Khemnichak, Bhootnath Road, Zero Mile, New ISBT.

Terminal station to be built near Rajendra Nagar Stadium plans to be ready by 2022. Meanwhile, the location of the proposed station at Rajendra Nagar Terminal on the same corridor will also be changed. PMRC has proposed to make this station near Rajendra Nagar Stadium. This corridor of the metro will go from Malahi Pakri to Khemnichak and Bhoothnath Road, Zero Mile to New ISBT. The route has been changed as Kumharrar has an ASI site.

The PMRC has identified the section between Rajendra Nagar Terminal to ISBT as a priority corridor. This section will be elevated, for which there will be no land acquisition. The construction of this section is planned to be completed by 2022. The DMRC has started soil testing for this section, which will complete in three months.

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