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In Bhopal, Light Metro to provide paupers an experience to travel like Nawabs

Bhaskar News | Last Modified - Feb 06, 2014, 05:38 PM IST

Urban Administrative Ministry has approved Rs. 13,000 crore Light Metro project for Bhopal city.
  • In Bhopal, Light Metro to provide paupers an experience to travel like Nawabs
    In Bhopal, Light Metro to provide paupers an experience to travel like Nawabs
    Bhopal: Urban Administrative Department has approved Rs. 13,000 crore Light Metro project for Bhopal city. The new project is going to cover a track length of 78 kilometres and is expected to be complete in next four-to-five years.
    The government dismissed the highly successful Delhi Metro and the recently launched Mumbai Monorail project and opted for small-town-friendly Light Metro version. The project was given green light by Urban Administrative Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, recently.
    Urban Administrative Department, German-based LRTC, and Indian company Rohit Associates are working together to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Indore and Bhopal which is expected to be ready by June this year.
    What is a Light Metro?
    The concept of Light Metro is highly successful in Germany, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Poland.
    It is comparatively cheaper to build than the existing Monorail and Heavy Metro (Delhi Metro) project.
    The Light Metro has several advantages in comparison to the existing conventional models. It can easily navigate from one route to another. The boogies are relatively light weight and smaller than regular Metro. The project’s maintenance and running cost are comparatively low. It is an ideal choice for cities with small population. It will cost Rs. 13 lakh/ km. The average speed is 30 to 40 kmph.
    Routes covered by the Light Metro
    In the beginning, the Light Metro will run on five routes- and cover major areas of old and new city. Two more routes are expected to be added to the itinerary. The Project will also be linked to Bhopal Railway Station and Habibganj Station. The DPR will be prepared considering in mind the next 25 years requirement of the city.
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