patna: Patna: Overhead power cables set to go underground for metro rail | Patna News


PATNA: The criss-cross lines of high-tension wires from Malahi Pakri to Patliputra Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT), Mithapur to Khemnichak and Danapur to Patliputra are set to go underground and transformers that touched roads will be relocated to make way for the elevated networks of the Patna metro rail.
The Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) recently have no-objection certificate (NOC) to Patna Metro Rail Corporation Limited (PMRCL) for laying of underground wires and cables and relocation of transformers on three stretches.
Once free of overhead power cables, the city’s skylines along with metro network will change the way the state capital looks at least along the stretch where it would run in the first phase. The metro trains will run overhead on the initial 6.63km stretch, which include five elevated stations — New Patliputra ISBT, Zero Mile, Bhootnath, Khemnichak (interchangeable station) and Malahi Pakri. The first phase, which is also called a priority corridor, is part of Corridor II and it is likely to be ready by 2023.
A PMRCL official said the work on removing the dangling wires has started from Malahi Pakri and Khemnichak with the help of BSPHCL engineers. “We have got the approval for laying of wires underground to make way for the elevated routes of both the corridors. The three stretches will be free of overhead cable wires by October-end. The piling work and construction of pillars to make base for the elevated tracks have been going on between Malahi Pakri to Patliputra ISBT. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has also given its NOC for the construction of elevated network over NH- 20,” the official said added.
According to an official in the urban development and housing department, 5% work on Patna metro project has been completed so far. “The PMRCL will expedite the project after getting funds from the Japan International Cooperation Agency,” he added.
“For the funds, we need land and the process for land acquisition has started. The land will likely to be acquired by December after which the work will gather pace. For the underground network, tunnels and stations, we need more funds. Presently, we are working on priority corridor as there is a funds crunch,” the official said.
The soil testing and topographical survey have started on the elevated stretch between Danapur and Patliputra in the Corridor I. The construction work is likely to begin after the survey.
The Corridor I will be 17.9-km-long from Danapur to Khemnichack via Mithapur, of which 7.3km will be elevated and 10.5km underground.
Corridor II, which is 14.5-km-long from Patna Junction to new ISBT, will have 7.9-km-long underground stretch.





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