The Assam government is soon going to start the ambitious Guwahati metro rail project – Metrolite. The project is expected to ease the growing traffic congestion in Guwahati.
Guwahati Development Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya on October 30th, 2019 held a meeting with the representatives of the survey agency RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Service).
“Today, we have discussed the technology and logistics regarding the project. We have also spoken at length about the routes. Based on the discussion, we will submit them a report. They will then give us a report on the estimated cost and completion period of the project. The government will take up the funding issue with the JICA, World Bank and will eventually proceed toward executing the project,” the Minister said while speaking to Time8.
The foundation stone of the project was laid by former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi way back on February 29th, 2016. The project was supposed to be implemented in different phases across the city and was proposed to be implemented by the Special Purpose Vehicle — Guwahati Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
He added, “Metrolite is a new concept. It will have three coaches. It is cheaper, smaller and slower urban rail transit system compared to metro rail and is fit for a small city like Guwahati. We will first start the project in three mostly commuted routes like Adabari-Khanapara, MG Road.
The RITES is an engineering consultancy company, specializing in the field of transport infrastructure. It has executed projects in over 62 countries on every major continent.
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