Finally, the Centre has approved the Guwahati metro rail proposal of the state government and has sanctioned Rs. 25 Crore to carry out a feasibility study, as informed by Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced this at a press conference on July 11th and said “I am happy to inform you that our dream to have metro rail will soon be materialized as the centre has approved the proposal, “The total project cost has been estimated to be around Rs. 14,000 Crore and would be implemented in three phases. The first phase will connect GuwahatiAirport, in the west, with Narengi, in the east. In the second phase, the metro project will connect Paltan Bazar, in central Guwahati, with Khanapara, the entry point into the city in the east. The third phase will again connect Khanapara with Jalukbari, another entry point into the city in the west.
Gogoi said the three phases of the metro project will cover a total distance of 65 km and the first phase was expected to be completed in next 5 to 6 years.
“We will now prepare the DPR (detailed project report) which will roughly take around a year. I have been told that by next five to six years, the first phase will be ready,” the chief minister said.
The state government had earmarked a sum of Rs. 1,800 Crore in the budget 2013-14 for implementing the metro rail project in Guwahati. “A Metro Rail Project can go a long way in providing safe and fast transport for Guwahati. We are taking up with the Central government for initiating a feasibility study and detailed project report for the same,” was what Gogoi had said while presenting the last budget.