Bhubaneswar, Aug 17: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to Odisha's Chief Secretary on Wednesday for Odisha's first proposed metro rail project.
The DMRC prepared the DPR conducting the traffic and topographic surveys, geotechnical investigation, and environmental and social impact assessments for the 26 km-long first phase of the mass transit system with 20 stations.
The Bhubaneswar Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) which was notified on August 3, 2023, has been constituted to execute the project. Its CEO and General Manager (Administration) have been appointed.
The rail project will connect Bhubaneswar Airport with Trishulia in Cuttack in the first phase with an outlay of Rs 6,000 crore and subsequently, it will be extended to cover Khordha, Puri, and other areas of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack city.
The construction work will begin within six to eight months and is targeted to be completed in three years
The design of the project will be prepared soon and sent for technical permission. Tenders will be floated after obtaining technical permission, said a senior official dealing with the project.
According to DPR, Phase 1 of the BMRCL will connect Biju Patnaik Airport, Capital Hospital, Sishu Bhawan, Bapujinagar, Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Ram Mandir Square, Vanivihar, Acharya Vihar Square, Jaydev Vihar Square, Xavier Square, Rail Sadan, District Centre, Damana Square, Patia Square, KIIT Square, Nandan Vihar, Raghunathpur, Nandankanan Zoological Pak, Phulapokhari, and Trisulia Square, Cuttack.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sanctioned the metro rail project on the occasion of the State’s Foundation Day on April 1, 2023.