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Construction : Web Exclusive | July 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Centre considers metro rail proposal of Assam govt

The central government is said to be considering request from the Assam government for implementing metro rail project in the north eastern state.

Metro rail projects are becoming popular across many cities in the country. The union urban development ministry has to clear a proposal to set up metro rail system in the country as it is partly financed by the central government. Currently, a metro rail project is financed jointly by the union and the state government.

Recently, the central government agreed financial assistance for the proposed metro rail project in Odisha. The centre also asked the state government to prepare a detailed project report to construct a nearly 32 km metro line connecting Jatani, Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Barang, Cuttack and Choudwar.

The union urban development ministry has agreed to sanction 50 per cent of the cost to make the detailed project report.

It is learnt that preparation of a detailed project report takes nearly one to two years as the comprehensive city mobility plan also has to be made, which will take into account the ridership and viable routes.

The union urban development ministry usually holds a minor stake. The construction of a metro’s underground track costs Rs 300 crore per kilometre and an overhead metro line costs close to Rs 200 crore per kilometre.

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