Patna, India (Urban Transport News): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar laid the foundation stone of the Patna Metro Rail Project through video conferencing today. It was told on the occasion of the foundation stone that this project will be completed by 2024. This means that the metro will start running in Bihar's capital Patna after 4 years.
It was informed that the work of Patna Metro is being started by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) which is appointed as General Consultant for the project.
In the first phase, the work of alignment from ISBT to Malahi Pakri will be started. DMRC has selected the company based on the tender for this element. Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) has been awarded the first civil contract package (PC-01) worth Rs 552.93 crore to construct 6.107 km stretch between Malahi Pakri to New ISBT of Corridor 2 of the Patna Metro Rail project. Under this stretch, a total of 5 elevated metro stations along with the viaduct will be built. The station names are Malahi Pakri, Khemni Chak, Bhootnath, Zero Mile and New ISBT. The work will be completed in 30 months.
Quality Buildcon Private Limited has been awarded the contract package (PC-02) worth Rs 143.35 Crore for the construction of New ISBT depot for the Patna Metro Rail project.
The second corridor of the metro will be about 14.5 kilometers. The interchange station of both corridors is to be built at Khemni Chak across the bypass near Hanuman Nagar.
Apart from Metro, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar laid the foundation stone and inaugurated 77 projects in Bihar under the Health Department at a cost of 2814.47 crore.
For more details about the project, please explore the Patna Metro page of Urban Transport News.