Patna: With the push of a remote button, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, standing miles away from Patna, Barauni to be exact, inaugurated the Patna Metro Project at Gate No. 1 of Patna Zoo where he was represented by Union Housing and Urban Development Minister for state (Independent charge) Hardeep Singh Puri.
Speaking on the occasion, Puri said that with the ever-growing population of India and rapid urbanization of many cities, the need for a metro rail system had become imperative and Patna was no exception.
“The work on this project will begin very soon,” the minister said adding metro train will usher new level of development in the district that has been unprecedented so far. He further said that the central government will soon release its share of 20% of the total cost of Rs. 33,000 crore so work would begin without undue delay.
“By 2030, the urban population of the country would exceed 60-crore which means we need to have a newer, better means of transportation within the city. Metro railway serves this purpose perfectly,” he said.
Puri credited former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for introducing metro trains in the nation saying it was Mr. Vajpayee who began the first work on such project in 2002.
“Today India has over 585 kilometer of metro trains and construction is underway on another 600 kilometers in various parts of the nation. Furthermore, Detail Project Report (DPR) for an additional 1000 km has been submitted by many states that the government is looking into,” the Union Minister said.
Bihar Urban Development and Housing Minister Suresh Kumar Sharma, in his address, said February 17, 2019 would go down in the history of Patna and Bihar as one of the key dates that changed the face of the state capital forever adding the work on the proposed metro train would begin within the next six months during which period formalities, including floating tenders for various parts of the project, will be completed.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS