RITES ready with revised DPR for submission to CM on Patna Metro

Patna (PBNE): A presentation on the revised detailed project report for the proposed Patna Metro rail would be made before chief minister Nitish Kumar on May 20.

Officials of Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), the agency of Indian Railways assigned the task of preparing the feasibility report and the detailed project report for the Metro, would make the presentation.

Senior officials in different departments of the state government, including principal secretaries/secretaries in finance, road construction, industries, environment and forest and transport department, would attend the meeting on the presentation. Patna district magistrate, senior superintendent of police and Patna municipal commissioners have also been asked to attend the meeting.

Sources in RITES said the DPR has been revised according to the feedback received from the state government based on the previous presentation.

“If the state government approves it, a preliminary proposal on the project would be sent to the Centre to seek its assistance,” the source said.

A presentation on the draft DPR was made on September 5, 2014.

Later, another presentation on the draft DPR was made at a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh on November 13, 2014, when it was given an in- principal approval.

The draft DPR has narrowed down the entire network of Metro rail to two corridors in the first phase covering a total distance of 31km. The first corridor would be an east-west corridor, which would run from Mithapur bus stand to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Patna Junction, covering 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 16.5km.

The estimated outlay for the Metro project is Rs 11,545 crore.

“The project can either be executed in public-private partnership (PPP) mode or with funding from both central and state governments or borrowing loans from external funding agencies, including Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) or Asian Development Bank (ADB). We have kept the three options for financial contribution for the project open for the state government,” said a RITES official.

The project is apparently progressing at a snail’s pace. At least four years have passed since the urban development and housing department is working on the plans for developing the Metro corridor and the final detailed project report is yet to be furnished.

Another major delay in the project is with regard to formation of a special purpose vehicle for execution of the project.

Upon formation of the SPV, the project would also be tabled before the Centre for seeking its approval and also financial and technical assistance.