Patna: Technical experts of the railways have welcomed the state government’s move to introduce Metro rail services in the city. The best corridor for Metro rails could be the area along the Ganga bank between Danapur and Fatuha, a distance of about 30km, or all along the Bailey Road from Gandhi Maidan to Dak Bungalow and then Dak Bungalow to Saguna Mor and Kurji Mor via Boring Road, they feel.
According to the technical experts, there seems to be no feasibility of the underground (tunnel) Metro rails in Patna keeping in view the geography of the city. However, the Metro rails on the surface on the pattern of Delhi is feasible in Patna on the aforesaid routes, they said adding this ambitious project would cost the government about Rs..400 crore for running Metro rails in a distance of 30km.
The cost of Metro rails on surface is likely to be about Rs.10 crore to Rs.15 crore per km while the underground Metro rail will cost about Rs.250 crore per km for the run of specially-designed imported air-conditioned compressed coaches. Thus it will be better if both the railways and the state government make it a joint venture to turn this dream project into a reality for Patnaites, the experts suggested.
According to former Railway Board member K.B.L.Mittal, Patna is in need of Metro rail services to cope with huge traffic pressure due to increasing population in the city. “It is a welcome step that state government is likely to finalize the project report for Metro rail service next month. Railways and state government should come out with a joint venture to complete this project,” he said.
According to former chief engineer of railways G.N.Sahay, Metro is feasible on the surface especially on the Ganga bank corridor or on the crowded Bailey Road. The state government must find an alternative mode of communication on the busy Ashok Rajpath where university, medical college, hospital, civil court, private nursing homes and several other important institutions are located. While Metro on surface is not feasible on this road, the government could think of providing Metro rail services all along the Ganga bank, he said.
Sahay, who worked with the British Railways and supervised various high speed rail projects in other countries, said the government should not delay this project. The Patna-Digha existing rail line could be utilized for running Metro rail service to benefit the office-goers and students, he said. To reach Patna Junction has become an uphill task in the evening due to huge traffic rush and Metro rail service is the only solution to the present traffic problems, Sahay said.