Date of Post : 21 Aug, 2017
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.