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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

UP Government approves Detailed Project Report of Varanasi Metro Rail


The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government on 31 May 2016 approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Varanasi Metro rail project. The DPR will now be sent to the Union government for approval.
The responsibility of coordination for preparation of DPR for Metros in Kanpur, Varanasi, Meerut and Agra was assigned to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) by state government.

Highlights of the Detailed Project Report
• According to the DPR, the 29.23 km Metro will have two corridors that include from BHEL to Banaras Hindu University (19.35 km) and Benia Bagh to Sarnath (9.885 km).
• There will be 26 stations, 20 underground and six elevated in the two corridors. 
• Out of the total length, 23.467 km will be elevated, while 5.768 km will be underground. 
• The estimated cost of the project is 13133 crore rupees.
Background
The DPR of Varanasi Metro was finalised in February 2016 by LMRC in coordination with RITES Limited.
The state housing and urban planning department had nominated RITES Limited for the preparation of DPR for rail-based mass transit system in Varanasi. The Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) was nominated as nodal agency and LMRC was nominated as Coordinating Agency for preparation of DPR.
An MoU in this regard was signed between VDA and RITES on 6 May 2015 for carrying out the assignment. The Draft Final Report was submitted on 6 January 2016.

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