PM reveals Metro Rail and Bus Rapid Transit System plans
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced that the government is to support Metro Rail projects across 19 cities with populations of more than 2 million and Bus Rapid Transit System projects in 11 cities.
The announcement came as the prime minister laid the foundation stone for the Kochi Metro project in Kerala.
The relevant part of the prime ministers speech as published in the prime ministers website is as follows:
“Kochi will be the 8th Indian city with a Metro network under construction. The newly-sanctioned Kochi metro line will run 25 km from Alwaye to Petta. This project will cost more than Rs 5180 crore, out of which the Central government’s share will be about Rs 1000 crore.
At present, about 30 percent of our people live in towns and cities. By the year 2031 this proportion is expected to go up more than 40 percent, amounting to at least 60 crore people and contributing more than 70 percent of the GDP of the country. The high speed of urbanization poses unprecedented managerial and policy challenges that we must address and respond to with courage and with determination.”
The prime minister then talked about future metro rail and bus plans;
“We have taken a decision to support preparation of Detailed Project Reports for Metro Rail projects in all the 19 cities with population of more than 2 million people. Detailed Project Reports for such projects have already been prepared for 12 cities.
Metro Rail projects are currently under implementation in 7 Indian cities. These would cover a network of length 476 km at a cost of more than Rs 1.15 lakh crore. The Delhi Metro is under operation carrying about 22 lakh people every day, and I take this opportunity to pay my tribute to Shri Sreedharan, the great entrepreneur that he is, and may his example fire the imagination of younger people all over our country.
The Central government is also providing assistance for implementation of Bus Rapid Transit System projects in 11 cities with a network of over 437 km at a cost of more than Rs 5500 crore.
Under JNNURM we have sanctioned over 15,000 low floor and semi-low floor buses for mission cities at a total cost of over Rs 4700 crore. Two hundred buses have been sanctioned for Kochi alone. The Central government has committed over Rs 2000 crore of assistance for the JNNURM buses.”