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Nitish Kumar thanks PM Modi for sanctioning Patna project

Nitish Kumar thanks PM Modi for sanctioning Patna project
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Centre sanctioning the Patna Metro project. The foundation stone for the Patna Metro project would be laid by the prime minister on February 17 during his Bihar visit.

"Expressing my gratitude to honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and honourable Union Minister of State of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri for the approval of Patna Metro. Honourable PM would lay the foundation stone of the scheme on 17th February, 2019," Kumar tweeted. The clearance of the project by the Union Cabinet would give a new dimension to the development of Bihar, Kumar said in an official release while adding that Union Cabinet chaired by PM on Wednesday gave its nod to the Patna Metro project.

On October 9, 2018, the Bihar cabinet had paved the way for rolling out of metro rail in Patna as it approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) after which it was sent to the Central government for its approval. "Metro rail project would be implemented through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) 'Patna Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (PMRCL)' at an estimated cost of Rs 17,887.56 crore, Bihar Cabinet Departments Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar had said while briefing reporters.

The Patna Metro rail project envisages two corridors in the first phase. The first corridor will be between Saguna Mor-Bailey Road-Patna Junction-Mithapur bus stand while the second corridor will be from Patna junction to proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna-Gaya road, sources said.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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