New Delhi: 9 cities in the Country including Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Kochi, Bengaluru & Chennai are set to get additional 313 km on Metro Rail connectivity by March 2019.
Till now the mass transit system is operational only on 370 kms in 8 cities since the Ist Metro Rail service began in Kolkata in 1984.
A total of 537 kms of Metro Rail sections are under construction.
“To speed up Metro expansion in view of growing traffic and pollution, the central government has increased budgetary provision for Metro projects to Rs 42,696 crore during 2015-18, marking an increase of 258% over that of Rs 16,565 crore during 2012-15 period,” an official of housing urban affairs ministry said.
The focus has been on ensuring close coordination & monitoring with states & agencies concerned for quick implementation of projects, he said.
Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad & Nagpur – these 4 new cities are in the process to come on the Metro map of the country taking the number of cities with metro services to 12.
The Ist one to be fully operational, will be the 8.5km long Metro rail stretch in Lucknow.