India’s Operational Metro Network To Almost Double by March 2019

India’s Operational Metro Network To Almost Double by March 2019

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Date of Post : 22 Aug, 2017

Last week, the CMRS has given the safety clearance for the Metro Rail of the Capital city of Uttar Pradesh. By March 2019, the country’s operational metro network will nearly double.

Some Other Cities Will Join the Club, Which are :

  • Lucknow
  • Hyderabad
  • Nagpur
  • Ahmedabad

Metro Rail Network

The first metro rail in India started operations in 1984.

In next 33 years, 370 km of metro rail became operational.

And in next 20 months i.e. by March 2019, 313 km will be added to this network.

Which is 258% hike.

A Senior Urban Development Ministry Official Said, “In last three years there has been 258% hike in budgetary provision for metro projects, which has enabled this speed in construction. So if between 2012-2015 we were spending only Rs 16,565 crore, between 2015-18 we have spent Rs 42,696 crore.”

Current Operational Metro Network: Metro runs only in eight cities yet

  • Delhi (217 km)
  • Bengaluru (42.30 km)
  • Kolkata (27.39 km)
  • Chennai (27.36 km)
  • Jaipur (9 km)
  • Kochi (13.30 km)
  • Mumbai Metro Line 1 (11.40 km)
  • Gurugram Rapid Metro (11.60 km)

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Metro projects with a total length of 595 kms in 13 cities including 10 new cities are at various stages of planning and appraisal. These are:

  • Delhi Metro Phase IV (103.93 km)
  • Delhi & NCR (21.10 km)
  • Vijayawada (26.03 km)
  • Visakhapatnam (42.55 km)
  • Bhopal (27.87 km)
  • Indore (31.55 km)
  • Kochi Metro Phase II (11.20 km)
  • Greater Chandigarh Region Metro Project (37.56 km)
  • Patna (27.88 km)
  • Guwahati (61 km)
  • Varanasi (29.24 km)
  • Thiruvananthapuram & Kozhikode (Light Rail Transport) (35.12 km)
  • Chennai Phase II (107.50 km)

Clearance has also been accorded for the Commercial operation of Lucknow Metro for Phase I, between Transport Nagar and Charbagh (8.50 km).

Lucknow metro will roll out soon and the inauguration will be done by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. Lucknow Metro is seeking for a date from the CM office for the Inauguration.

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Average Life of a Metro Line is 100 Years

  • It can carry 40,000-80,000 passengers per hour per direction. And it is the highest that any transport system can do.
  • A metro line has 100-year life on an average.
  • “While it has its advantages, it comes at an exorbitant cost. It could be anything between Rs 200 crore per km to Rs 500 crore per km. So unless there is enough justification in terms of passenger traffic, it simply should not be constructed,” an official added

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