New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): The Public Investment Board (PIB) under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India today approved the proposed light rail transit system ‘Metrolite’ in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh. This information was shared by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from his Twitter handle.
Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said, “The process of starting ‘Metro Seva’ in Gorakhpur is progressing at a fast pace. In this episode, Phase-1 of ‘Gorakhpur Metrolight Rail Project’ has been approved. Congratulations to all on the Public Investment Board (PIB) meeting!
In 2017, the Uttar Pradesh government had tasked the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (UPMRCL) to bring all the stakeholders together and start the Phase 1 project of the Gorakhpur Metro. Later, railway consultancy firm RITES Limited was given the responsibility of feasibility study and preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR), which was submitted to the Corporation in March 2019.
In October 2020, the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Ygi Adityanath had given its approval to the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Gorakhpur Metrolight submitted by RITES.
The Phase 1 of Gorahpur Metrolite project is consisting of a total network of 27.41 km which will span in two corridors. The 16.95 km long Corridor 1 will connect Shyam Nagar to Sooba Bazar with 16 stations. The proposed station names are Shyam Nagar, Bargadwa, Shastri Nagar, Nathmalpur, Gorakhnath Mandir, Hazaripur, Dharmshala, Gorakhpur Railway Station, University, Mohaddipur, Ramgarh Lake, AIIMS, Malviya Nagar, MMM Engineering College, Divya Nagar and Sooba Bazar.
The length of corridor 2 will be 10.46 km long and it will connect Gulriha to Kachehri Chauraha with 11 stations at Gulariha, BRD Medical College, Mugalaha, Khanjanchi Bazar, Basharatpur, Ashok Nagar, Vishnu Nagar, Asuran Chowk, Dharamshala, Gol Ghar and Kachehri Chauraha.
The government has set a deadline to complete the first phase of Gorakhpur Metrolite by 2024.
For more information, please visit Gorakhpur Metro Urban transport news page.