Guwahati Metro Rail Project will connect Airport to the upcoming AIIMS at North Guwahati

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Guwahati, February 13: In a significant statement, Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary while answering a question on behalf of GMDA Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the upcoming Guwahati Metro Project will connect the Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport to the upcoming AIIMS at Changsari in North Guwahati under the MRTS Scheme.

Comprehensive Mobility Plan and Alternate Analysis Report will be prepared soon for the same, informed the Minister.

However, Assam government has not yet embarked upon any significant progress with regard to the Guwahati Metro Rail project that was soon to be started across the city, considering RITES, that was chosen to conduct a feasibility study for the project, has decided to re-draft its Detailed Project report (DPR).

Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on Tuesday brought to light the reformatory measures initiated with regard to the ambitious Metro Rail project to be started in the near future.

In a written response to MLA Phani Bhushan Choudhury’s questions, Commerce and Industry, Transport, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that the Metro Policy 2017 introduced under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has to initiate reformations in the proposed Detailed Project Report (DRP).

Unraveling the current status of the Metro Rail project, the minister further stated that new policies are to be implemented for Comprehensive Mobility Planning (CMP), Alternatives Analysis Report (AAR) in order to draft the Detailed Project Report (DRP) soon to be released. He also stated that RITES, which was to map metro rail feasibility, has decided to prepare the DPR afresh.

Furthermore, Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) which has been approved to build metro across the city has been asked to re-submit the AAR and CMP of metro rail which would be further investigated.  Moreover, MRTS has been further directed to ensure connectivity to both, airports as well as AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) which is soon to be established in North Guwahati.

It may be mentioned that the Minister also said that these works would require a period spanning over 8-10 months time.

(NG)