PATNA: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is likely to start funding the Corridor I (Danapur to Khemnichak via Meethapur) and Corridor II (Patna Junction to ISBT via Gandhi Maidan) construction work of Patna Metro Rail Corporation Limited (PMRC) by next month.
The PMRC and JICA had several meetings in November on land acquirement for ISBT Patna Metro Rail Depot and other metro stations. A PMRC official said the JICA delegation were assured that hurdles in land acquisition had been cleared. “The company may submit the final report and issue the statement for providing loan of Rs8,019.4 crore after the next meeting this month. As soon as we get the funds, construction of metro stations and networks will begin,” the official said.
A central government team led by Durga Shanker Mishra, secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), visited Patna on Friday and assured no delay in financial support to the Patna metro project. So far, the central government has given Rs424 crore for the project.
The estimated cost of Patna metro project is Rs13,365.77 crore (excluding land acquisition cost to be borne by the state government). The state and Centre each will bear 20% of the cost and the remaining 60% will be taken as loan from JICA.
Patna DM Chandrashekhar Singh has directed the district land acquisition officer to hear the claims and objection of land owners at Ranipur and Pahadi area in Ramachak Bairiya and settle the matter by December 23. The state government has sanctioned Rs1,000 crore for land acquisition.
Talking about the status of priority corridor between Malahi Pakri and ISBT, the sources at urban development and housing department (UDHD) said around 274 working piles have been cast while 14 pile caps have been created. “Temporary encroachment from Malahi Pakri has been removed and the area has been barricaded for the elevated network of Corridor II. Work has been progressing between Malahi Pakri and Bypass road whereas construction has also begun from Rajendra Nagar to Khemnichak. Around 67 trees between Rajendra Nagar and Malahi Pakri will be translocated to give way for the project,” the sources said.
The estimated cost of the priority corridor was around Rs552 crore. It is expected to complete in 30 months. In the first phase, the 6.1km stretch will come up, which include five elevated stations at New Patliputra ISBT, Zero Mile, Bhutnath, Khemnichak and Malahi Pakri.
The Corridor I will be 17.9-km-long, from Danapur to Khemnichack via Meethapur (7.3km elevated and 10.5km underground). The Corridor II will be 14.5-km-long from Patna Junction to ISBT (7.9km underground and 6.6km elevated).
Meanwhile, after Asian Development Bank, European Bank has also shown interest in providing funds for the construction of Patna metro rail project. The company has recently sent a proposal to extend financial support of more than Rs8,000 crore for the project.
A PMRC official said the state has already signed the MoU with JICA for the construction of both the corridors. “We have told the ABD delegates to financially support the further extension of Patna metro networks. If the JICA further delays loan, the state government has options to get funds,” the official said.