DMRC Chief Visits Patna Metro Project Sites, Meets Officials

DMRC chief visits Patna metro project sites and meets with officials New Delhi, July 15 (PTI) Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief Vikas Kumar visited the capital of Bihar on Friday to review the progress of the Patna metro project, which is being executed by the DMRC, officials said.

The Patna Metro is currently under construction in the old city, a landmark project whose foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 17, 2019.

DMRC Managing Director Vikas Kumar “visited Patna to review the progress of the Patna Metro Rail Project and also met with PMRC (Patna Metro Rail Corporation) officials, senior officials told PTI .

This was his first visit to the PMRC site since he took office as the new head of the DMRC. Kumar, a 1988 officer in India’s rail traffic service, took over as the city carrier’s new chief executive on April 1.

“Kumar had a meeting with Anand Kishor, Principal Secretary-Medical Officer/PMRCL, during which various critical issues related to Patna Metro works, such as acquisition of private land mainly depot land, reconciliation of funds of JICA and related funds issues were discussed,” the official said.

Kishor informed him that all land acquisition issues are at an “advanced stage”.

For the alignment of funds from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), PMRCL informed that regular meetings and discussions are ongoing with the JICA study group and that the alignment of funds is also at an “advanced stage and should be signed by March 2023”. He also insisted on speeding up work on the underground section, they said.

The DMRC chief visited project sites, including one “near a museum”, the official added.

The 31 km long Patna Metro railway project, comprising the Danapur-Mithapur-Khemni Chak corridor (Line-1) and the Patna Railway Station-Pataliputra Bus Terminal corridor (Line-2), is expected to benefit more than one million passengers from Bihar. capital and will also reduce the number of vehicles and reduce traffic congestion, the DMRC had said earlier.

DMRC is working on the Patna Metro project, which aims to decongest the city by using a rapid transit network for the first time.

Officials recently said that under the PMRC project, two depots were initially planned, but now only one depot near the Pataliputra bus facility will be built.

The planned Patna Metro station at PMCH, originally proposed to be built on an elevated structure, will now be built underground, and two exit or entrance gates would be located inside the campus of the institution which is undergoing a major infrastructure overhaul, officials said. At the beginning of April.

Located on the banks of the Ganges, Patna is a historic city, which was the site of the ancient capital of Pataliputra of the great Maurya Empire. The city is dotted with iconic monuments and heritage sites from the Mughal period to the British era.

Railways came to Patna in the 1860s during British rule, and before that the river and roads were the main means of transportation.