Government to double Metro network in 18 months
The central government is all set to double the metro rail network over the next 18 months. It plans to add four new cities Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Nagpur to the metro map.
Lucknow Metro would be the first off the block as it has received safety clearance and would be inaugurated within this month. Poll-bound Gujarat would get its first 6.3 km stretch in the capital city Ahmedabad next month. These two stretches would be followed by 28.4 km stretch in Delhi and 28 km in Hyderabad in September.
Another 19 new sections in nine cities would be commissioned by March 2019. This would add 313 kms to the 370-km metro network. As per statistics provided by ministry of housing and urban affairs (MHUA), there has been a 158% hike in budgetary provision for metro projects during the last three years over the previous three years under Congress-led UPA government. The budgetary provision between 2012 and 2015 for metro projects was Rs 16,565 cr, which has been increased to Rs 42,696 crore during 2015-18.