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VARANASI METRO DPR FORMALLY PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNMENT

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Varanasi Metro Rail Project has formally been presented to the State Government today. It was presented to ShriAlokRanjan, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh by ShriRajiv Mehrotra, Chairman & Managing Director,M/s RITES and Shri Kumar Keshav Managing Director, LMRC.ShriSadakant, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Planning, Government of Uttar Pradesh, ShriNitin Ramesh Gokaran, Commissioner Varanasi, Shri M. P. Singh, Officiating Vice Chairman, Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) and officials of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) were present during the event.

The State Government had assigned Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) the responsibility of ‘Coordinator’ for preparation of DPR for Metro in four important cities of Uttar Pradesh namely Kanpur, Varanasi, Meerut and Agra. Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) is the nodal agency for preparation of this DPR for Varanasi Metro. For this purpose M/s RITES, a Govt of India Undertaking, has been engaged for preparing the DPR. Work on preparation of DPR for Metro in Varanasi commenced in May, 2015involving series of site visitsby LMRC team lead by MD, LMRC and RITES along with VDA officials. Through successive site visits, engineering surveys and review meetings/ discussions with the Commissioner, Varanasi and VDA officials, Metro corridors have been finalised for Varanasi city and DPR prepared.

Extensive meetings were also held at the LMRC level where Lucknow Metro provided the much required technical assistance during the preparation of the DPR.It is only because of the extensive efforts provided by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) and the team of VDA that this DPR has been prepared and presented before the government.

Speaking at the occasion, ShriAlokRanjan, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, said “the State Government is determined to bring Metro in various other cities of the State and submission of DPR for Varanasi Metro Project is a step ahead in this direction”.

“I am very happy that under the coordination of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), M/s RITES has been able to prepare and present this DPR today. I appreciate the extensive efforts of Lucknow Metro, M/s RITES and the Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) that has been put in to submit this report”, he added.

The DPR envisages two corridors with a total length of 29.235Kmfor the Varanasi Metro Rail project. The first corridor that spreads from BHEL to BHU covers 19.35 km with an elevated stretch of 3.845 km and an underground stretch of 15.505 km. The second corridor consisting of 9.885 km length from BeniaBaghto Sarnathcovers an elevated section of 1.923 km and an underground section of 7.962 km.

Shri Kumar Keshav, Managing Director, LMRC, while elaborating the details of this Metro project said “A total of 17 Metro stations have been planned (4 Elevated; 13 Underground) for the BHEL to BHU corridor while 9 stations(2 Elevated; 7 Underground) have been proposed for the BeniaBaghto Sarnath corridor. Most of the Metro stretches in the city have been kept underground keeping in view the geographical constraints of this ancient city."

According to the DPR, a maintenance depot for both the corridors has been proposed at Ganeshpurcovering an area of 13.2 hectares of land,” he added. Metro in Varanasi will be a three car unit train running onstandard gauge track on Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology with continuous automatic train control permitting an operational headway of 90 seconds.

The total estimated completion cost for construction of Varanasi Metro is estimated to be Rs. 17, 227croresincluding taxes and duties. The project is envisaged to be undertaken as a Joint Venture (JV) project between the Government of India (GoI) and the Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) with 50:50 equity partnerships. To maintain the financial viability of the project, additional grants have been proposed from the two governments in addition to their equity contribution.

The proposed layout plan of the Varanasi Metro corridors is attached with this mail for more information.

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