RITES step towards urban rail

The state urban development and housing department has sent a proposal to the empowered committee for public-private partnership (PPP) projects for getting a techno-economic feasibility study for proposed urban rail — mono or metro rail — done by Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES).

The selection of RITES, an undertaking of the railways, has been done on the basis of nomination rather than selection through floating tenders.

Giving reasons behind the selection, urban development and housing department minister Prem Kumar said: “The decision of handing over the techno-economic feasibility for mono or metro rail in Patna has been done to save time. We would be able to save at least six months by handing over the feasibility study directly to RITES through nomination. Moreover, RITES is doing similar works in Bangalore, Jaipur and Delhi.”

In a first-ever move, the department had allocated funds of Rs 9 crore for the techno-economic feasibility study for mono or metro rail in the 2013-14 budget. The indicative cost of the entire urban rail project is Rs 6,000 crore. The department is now intending to get the feasibility study completed within four months.