A key section of Patna Metro‘s underground alignment passing through the dense Ashok Rajpath area has been “shifted away” from the main road to the institutional area due to a double-decker flyover being built on the historic street by the Bihar government, according to official sources. The alignment of the flyover, spanning a little over 2 km, which will come up from Kargil Chowk to NIT More on Ashok Rajpath, was “completely infringing” with the old alignment of the metro line segment, thus prompting the change in plan, they said.
The 31 km-long Patna Metro rail project, comprising the Danapur-Mithapur-Khemnichak corridor (Line-1) and Patna Railway Station-Pataliputra Bus Terminal corridor (Line-2), is expected to benefit over a million passengers from the Bihar capital and will also reduce the number of vehicles and ease congestion. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is executing the Patna Metro project.
Due to the double-decker flyover being built by the state government on the historic Ashok Rajpath in Patna, the capital of Bihar, the route of the metro passing through there has been changed. It has been shifted from the densely populated Ashok Rajpath area to the institutional area. Official sources gave this information. Sources said that this flyover being built on Rajpath from Kargil Chowk to NIT Mor is “totally affecting” this old route of the Metro line section, due to which this change has been made.
“This is the main reason for the changes being made in the route of the underground section (of the metro),” an official source said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of this important project on February 17, 2019. Patna Metro Rail Link Project is of 31 kilometer, consisting of two corridors named Danapur-Mithapur-Khemnichak Corridor (Line-1) and Patna Railway Station Patliputra Bus Terminal Corridor (Line-2), which will benefit lakhs of people in Patna and on the roads. There will be less congestion. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is implementing the Patna Metro project. Many institutions like Patna University, Patna College, Patna Medical College and Hospital, Patna Science College, Wheeler Senate House, St Joseph’s Convent High School, BN College, Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Old Bazaar between Gandhi Maidan and NIT Campus on Ashok Rajpath etc.