Nine cities of India will soon get new Metro rail connectivity which spans a total distance of 313 kilometres by March 2019. This will double up the current 370km of metro rail connectivity in metro cities of India.
The previous UPA government had initiated most of the metro rail projects during its governances and later after BJP’s rule, three more projects – Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Lucknow were approved. This gave an ambitious target of metro project in 9 cities of India, including Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Kochi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Chennai – with a total length of 313 kilometres. Till now the mass transit system is operational only on 370 kms in eight cities since the first Metro service began in Kolkata in 1984 and addition of 313 km will double up India’s metro connectivity.
Although most of the projects are nearing completion, completing newer projects could be an issue considering upcoming election and its campaigning. The Metro Rail Board has handed out a deadline of March 2019, so we can expect a total of 537 km of metro tracks laid out in 12 cities in working condition by then. Centre is pretty serious about completion because as per budget stats, a massive increment of 258% in budget allocation was made in 2015-18 period – making the entire project worth sanction worth Rs 42,696 crore from Rs 16,565 crore granted in 202-15.
The development of metro trains is over stressed because this mass public transportation medium will help in reducing traffic and pollution – two major, major concerns for a populous country like India. Metro trains will allow people to get easier, affordable and much faster way of transportation – why would one drive a bike or a scooter all the way in a traffic-ridden city like Delhi or Mumbai or anywhere, under fierce sun, rain or winter! The figure in crores might seem humongous but it is an investment for a better, or rather a metro future of this great country of rich diversities and what not.