Is Raipur a metro city

This story is from April 3, 2015

Raipur metro rail in cold storage, no money to run

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh government’s much-publicized metro rail project, which was to link the neighbouring city of Durg with Raipur, has hit a roadblock due to paucity of funds.
The first phase of the project, which was approved by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) after a detailed feasibility study last year, was to cost an estimated Rs 6,000 crore. Though almost a year has passed since the DMRC gave its nod for the project, nothing has moved.
Sources claim that the project has been literally put in a cold storage and the chances of it being revived and put in motion in the near future are bleak. When contacted, urban development director Rohit Yadav maintained that the process of preparations of a detailed project report (DPR) is underway. He refused to comment on the reasons for the delay.
A senior official, who requested anonymity, admitted the government’s only priority right now was to complete the projects in hand rather than taking new ones, including metro rail.
In its feasibility report, DMRC had last year given a nod for construction of the inter-state metro rail link connecting Raipur and Durg.
As per the feasibility report, DMRC had advised a mix of elevated rail and underground corridors for the metro project just like Delhi. The first phase of the intercity project planned to link Telibandha in Raipur to Poolgaon in Durg, a 45km stretch with 20 stations, at an estimated cost of Rs 6,000 crore. The cost of the entire project, which was to be completed in three phases, was pegged at about Rs 20,000 crore.
The metro rails project was planned on a 90km stretch and was expected to benefit a large section of about 36 lakh commuters between Durg and Raipur every month by 2021. At present, about 28 lakh people commute between the two cities every month.
The second phase of the metro rail project was supposed to link Durg and Rajnandgaon. The final phase was planned for connection old and Naya Raipur.

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