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Varanasi Development Authority (VDA) is planning to build a metro rail corridor in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
The project includes construction of two corridors with a total length of 29.23Km.
The first corridor spreads from BHEL to BHU covers 19.35km with an elevated stretch of 3.84km and an underground stretch of 15.50km.
The Second corridor consisting of 9.88km length from Benia Bagh to Sarnath covers an elevated section of 1.923km and an underground section of 7.96km.
It also includes the construction of 26 stations, of which 22 stations will be underground.
The development will also feature administrative blocks, railway stations, and related infrastructure, the installation of electric, signaling and safety systems, and the laying of railway tracks.
The metro rail project was envisaged for Varanasi in 2009 under the city’s Comprehensive Mobility Plan.
The project is envisaged to be undertaken as a Joint Venture (JV) project between the Government of India (GoI) and the Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) with 50:50 equity partnerships.
In 2012, Uttar Pradesh government has initiated the preparation of a feasibility report for the project, which was approved under the Varanasi Master Plan-2031 in 2013.
VDA conducted public consultations on the project plans between April 25, 2013, and May 25, 2013.
On December 30, 2014, the Government of Uttar Pradesh approved the preparation of a feasibility study for the project.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has completed a preliminary survey to identify a possible route for the project.
RITES Ltd, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. has been appointed to conduct a feasibility study and prepare detailed project report (DPR).
On February 29, 2016, RITES submitted DPR to the Uttar Pradesh government.
On April 18, 2016, DPR was approved by the Uttar Pradesh state cabinet.
On May 23, 2016, the project secured approvals from the Central government and sent for the approval from the Uttar Pradesh government.
On May 31, 2016, final DPR was approved by the Uttar Pradesh government.
Planning activities are underway.
The project involves the construction of a 29.23km metro line in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
The US$2,542 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of administrative blocks
2. Construction of ticketing counters
3. Installation of electric, signaling and safety systems