CM Naveen Patnaik to lay foundation stone of Bhubaneswar Metro on January 1

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik will lay foundation stone of Bhubaneswar Metro project on January 1, the government said on Saturday.
The government has set four years deadline to complete the first phase of 26-km connecting Biju Patnaik International Airport with Trisulia Square, making a major promise ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections next year.
The chief minister approved the detailed project report of the first phase entailing a total cost of Rs 5929 crore, which will be fully borne by the state government. “It will be taken up as a 5T initiative of the state govt,” a government statement said.
For the current year, the government has provided Rs 210 crore for the project in the supplementary budget.
To execute the project, the government has formed Bhubaneswar Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC), a fully-owned state government company, which has been incorporated under the Companies Act.
The government has formed a high level committee under the chairpersonship of development commissioner Anu Garg for overseeing the expeditious engagement of an executing agency for the project.
Government sources said the first phase project from Trisulia Square to Bhubaneswar Airport will be on an elevated structure. It will run on the median or side of the existing roads, with 20 stations. The stations will cover important places such as Nandankanan, KIIT Square, Damana Square, Jaydev Vihar, Vani Vihar, Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Bapuji Nagar, Sishu Bhawan and Capital Hospital.
Chairing a review meeting on Saturday, the CM said the landmark project will take Bhubaneswar to the select group of top cities in the country with a metro rail system. “The city has been recognized for various urban projects and is emerging as a city with an enhanced quality of life. I am sure this mega project will make Bhubaneswar as a top liveable city in the country,” Naveen was quoted by a government statement.
CM’s secretary VK Pandian said the route has been selected to decongest the main roads and benefit maximum number of daily commuters. Subsequent phases of the project will connect other growth centers in and around Bhubaneswar.

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