548 km of metro rail network put into operation since 2014, government informs Lok Sabha
Indicating a rapid expansion of mass public transport in cities, 548 km of metro network has been constructed and put into operation in India since 2014.
Prior to 2014 (i.e. till December 2013), a total of about 229 km of metro rail network was operational in the cities of Delhi NCR (194 km), Kolkata (28 km) and Bangalore ( 7 km).
This information was given by the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Kaushal Kishore, in a written response to a question from the Lok Sabha.
“Urban transport, which is an integral part of urban development, is a state subject. Therefore, the respective state and union territory (UT) governments are responsible for initiating, developing and financing urban transportation infrastructure, including metro projects,” the Department of Housing and Human Resources said. Urban Affairs.
“In accordance with the Metro Rail Policy, 2017, the central government shall consider financial assistance for metro rail proposals in cities or urban agglomerations based on the feasibility of the proposal and the availability of resources, as and when as required by the relevant state or union territory (UT) government,” he added.
Rail metro projects operationalized since 2014 include 160 km long Delhi Metro Phase III and its extensions, 49 km long Bangalore Metro Phase I and II, 54 km long Chennai Metro Phase I and its extension, 69 km Hyderabad Metro and 30 km long Noida Metro.
Some major rail metro projects under construction with financial assistance from the center include Phase II of the 119 km long Chennai Metro project to be constructed with Rs 63,246 crore and Phase IV of the 65 km long Delhi Metro (three priority corridors) to be realized with Rs 24,948 crore.