PATNA – The Patna Metro Rail Corporation Limited (PMRCL) formally opened its office at Indira Bhavan on Monday. The office was inaugurated by urban development and housing department minister Suresh Kumar Sharma in the presence of department’s principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad and special secretary Sanjay Dayal.
The minister said the first meeting of the PMRCL board of directors took place on February 28 and it was decided to sent a proposal to the state government for sanction of 191 posts for the project.
The corporation has also formulated its personnel policy. The government has provided five officials and three employees to the PMRCL in additional charge, Sharma said.
A committee of officials drawn from various departments under the chairmanship of Patna divisional commissioner Robert L Chongthu has been formed for land acquisition for the project. “The PMRCL board decided to seek services of technical and financial consultants and steps will be taken to engage them,” Sharma said.
“The Centre and the state would share equity of 20% each and the remaining 60% funds would come through external funding agencies,” the minister added.
In a boost to public transport in the Bihar’s capital city, the centre had on February 14 approved the Patna Metro Rail project comprising two corridors – Danapur to Mithapur and Patna Railway Station to New ISBT.
According to the government, the project will be executed in five years with an estimated cost of Rs. 13,365.77 crore.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The foundation for this mega project was laid by the PM on February 17 at a function in Barauni.
In a statement, the government said that the Danapur Cantt-Mithapur corridor will pass through the heart of city and connect densely populated areas such as the Raza Bazar, the Secretariat, the High Court and the Law University Railway Station.
The Patna Railway Station-ISBT corridor will connect the Gandhi Maidan, PMCH, Patna University, Rajendra Nagar, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Transport Nagar and ISBT.
“The length of Danapur to Mithapur corridor is 16.94 km, which is mostly underground (11.20 km) and partly elevated (5.48 km) and comprises 11 stations (3 elevated and 8-Underground),” it stated.
It also stated the length of Patna Station to New ISBT corridor is 14.45 km, which is mostly elevated (9.9 km) and partly underground (4.55 km) and comprising of 12 stations (9-Elevated and 3-Underground).
The existing population of 26.23 lakh of Patna agglomeration area is expected to be benefitted by the Patna Metro Rail Project directly and indirectly.
The approved corridors will have multi-modal integration with railway stations and ISBT station and will have feeder network of bus, Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) and Non Motorised Transport (NMT).
“The Project will have non-fare box revenue from rental and advertisement as well as Value Capture Financing (VCF) through mechanism of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Transfer of Development Rights (TDK),” it also stated.