PM Modi to lay stone for metro rail on February 17 – Times of India

PATNA: Prime MinisterNarendra Modiwill lay the foundation stone forPatna metrorail project on February 17, CM Nitish Kumar announced on Wednesday.

Nitish said PM has agreed to lay the foundation for the metro project during his Bihar visit on February 17. Earlier in the day, the Union cabinet approved the project at its meeting held in Delhi.

Nitish thanked the PM and Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri for getting the Union cabinet nod for the metro project.

The project will be executed in five years with an estimated cost of Rs13,365.77 crore. In a statement, the government said the Danapur Cantt-Mithapur corridor will pass through the heart of city and connect densely populated areas such as the Raza Bazar, Secretariat, the high court and the Patna Junction. The second corridor between Patna Junction and the ISBT under construction will connect the Gandhi Maidan, PMCH, Patna University, Rajendra Nagar, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Transport Nagar.

“The length of Danapur to Mithapur corridor is 16.94km, which is mostly underground (11.20km) and partly elevated (5.48km) and comprises 11 stations (3 elevated and 8 underground),” it stated. It also stated the length of Patna Junction to new ISBT corridor is 14.45km, which is mostly elevated (9.9km) and partly underground (4.55km) and comprising 12 stations (9 elevated and 3 underground).

The existing population of 26.23 lakh of Patna agglomeration area is expected to be benefited by the Patna metro rail project directly and indirectly.

The approved corridors will have multi-modal integration with railway stations and ISBT and will have feeder network of bus, intermediate public transport and non-motorized transport.

“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 and transfer of development rights,” it also stated.

Modi likely to open three CNG stations: PM is also likely to inaugurate three newly built compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Patna through remote control from Barauni the same day, sources in the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) said on Wednesday.
The three newly built CNG stations at Raja Bazar, Bypass and Naubatpur are ready, a senior GAIL official said.
The supply of piped natural gas (PNG) will also be inaugurated along with that of CNG stations. According to GAIL sources, around 5,000 residential households, hospitals and commercial entities in the city have registered for the PNG supply. The areas that will be covered in the first phase include Jagdeo Path, Boring Road, AIIMS-Patna and BIT-Patna.
The supply of CNG and PNG in the city is part of the 2655km-long Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana to connect the eastern and northeastern states to the national grid.