New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The Pubic Investment Board (PIB) under Ministry of Finance, Govertment of India today approved the proposed light rail transit system 'Metrolite' in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh. This information was shared by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath via his twitter handle.
Giving his gratude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister said, "The process of starting 'Metro Service' in Gorakhpur is progressing at a fast pace. In this episode, approval has been received for Phase-1 of 'Gorakhpur Metrolight Rail Project' in the meeting of Public Investment Board (PIB). Greetings to all!"
In 2017, the Uttar Pradesh Government had assigned the task to Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (UPMRCL) to bring all stakeholders together and get Gorakhpur Metro’s Phase 1 project started. Later, Railway consultancy firm RITES Limited was given the responsibility o prepare the feasibility study and Detailed Project Report (DPR), which was submitted to the Corporation in March 2019.
In October 2020, the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Ygi Adityanath had given its approval to the detailed project report (DPR) of Gorakhpur Metrolite submitted by RITES.
The Phase 1 of Gorahpur Metrolite project is consist a total network of 27.41 km which will span in two corridors. The 16.95 km long Corridor 1 will connect Shyam Nagar to Sooba Bazar with 16 stations. The proposed station names are Shyam Nagar, Bargadwa, Shastri Nagar, Nathmalpur, Gorakhnath Mandir, Hazaripur, Dharmshala, Gorakhpur Railway Station, University, Mohaddipur, Ramgarh Lake, AIIMS, Malviya Nagar, MMM Engineering College, Divya Nagar and Sooba Bazar.
The length of corridor 2 will be 10.46 km long and it will connect Gulriha to Kachehri Chauraha with 11 stations at Gulariha, BRD Medical College, Mugalaha, Khanjanchi Bazar, Basharatpur, Ashok Nagar, Vishnu Nagar, Asuran Chowk, Dharamshala, Gol Ghar and Kachehri Chauraha.
The government has set deadline to complete the Phase 1 of Gorakhpur Metrolite by 2024.
For more details, please explore the Gorakhpur Metro page of Urban Transport News.