The Centre has given inprinciple approval for preparing the detailed project report (DPR) to introduce Metro rail services in Bhopal and Indore.
Urban administration minister Babulal Gaur said the DPR would be prepared within sixseven months. “Preparation of DPR would cost around Rs. 6 crore. The Centre and the state will bear the cost of the DPR in the ratio of 50:50. Urban administration department will float a tender to select a company for preparing the DPR for the two cities,” he said.
The metro rail project would cost around Rs. 6,000 crore in Bhopal and about Rs. 7,500 crore in Indore, Gaur said, adding that the length of the proposed metro rail track in Bhopal would be 28.5 km, while in Indore its length would be about 33 km. He further added that the feasibility survey for the two projects was done by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Limited.
On August 13, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the mega metro rail project would be completed with 70% loans and 15% grants. While reviewing the work of urban administration department, Chouhan informed that global tenders would be invited after the Centre’s approval of DPR. Under the metro rail project, three corridors have been proposed for Bhopal. There will be ten stations in the corridor from Kapila Nagar to Habibganj. The second corridor measuring 9 kms will link Suruchi Nagar with BHEL and will have nine stations. The third corridor from Lal Ghati to Platinum Plaza will also be 9 km long with nine stations. Thus, 28 stations are proposed to be built in the corridors measuring 28.5 kms. According to officials, four lakh commuters will avail benefit of the metro service and revenue worth Rs. 44 lakh will be generated daily.
Similarly, three corridors have been proposed for Indore metro rail service. The first corridor of 8.9 kilometers will be from Annapurna to Sukhalia. The second corridor from MR 10 to Ring Road will be 11.70 km long. The third corridor measuring 11.47 kms will be from Niranjanpur to Bhanwar Kua.