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PATNA: The Patna district administration has issued a notification under Section 11 of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013 to acquire 76 acres of land between the Zero Mile and Patliputra Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) for the Patna metro rail project.

The acquisition process will be completed by February 2022 to pave way for the construction of ISBT metro station and Patna Metro Rail Depot in Ranipur and Pahadi areas. The state government has sanctioned around Rs1,000 crore to the district administration to acquire land for the depot and ISBT metro station.

District land acquisition officer Pramod Kumar told this newspaper on Sunday that any objection regarding land acquisition can be filed by the interested person within 60 days from the date of publication of the notification, as provided under Section 15 of the Act. “After which hearing will be held and then the amount to be determined as compensation under Section 19 of the Act will be published. Compensation will be given to the landowner based on the rate,” he said.

The officials of urban development and housing department (UDHD) said as the government proceeding has started for land acquirement near Patliputra ISBT, Patna Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) will initiate the process of loan from Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) in the next few days.

Patna metro rail is an ambitious project of the Nitish Kumar-led government. It would be developed at an estimated construction cost of Rs9,201.22 crore, excluding the land acquisition cost to be borne entirely by the state government. The Centre and the state each will bear 20% of the project cost while the remaining 60% amount will be borrowed as loan from the JICA.

A PMRC official said once they get the loan from JICA, work on underground stations and network will begin. “Initially, the construction of twin tunnels, underground ramp at Rajendra Nagar and six underground stations from Rajendra Nagar to Akashvani (which is a part of Corridor II) will begin. Work is already in progress on a 6.1km elevated stretch of Corridor II from Malahi Pakri to ISBT. It includes five stations — Malahi Pakri, Khemnichak (an interchangeable station), Bhootnath Road, Zero Mile and ISBT. This stretch is also known as priority corridor,” he said.

According to officials, 101 pillars have been created from Malahi Pakri up to Bhootnath while altogether 210 pillars will be developed for elevated network for Corridor II. Te piling work has also commenced from the Zero Mile to ISBT. The elevated section is likely to be ready by December 2022.

The Corridor I will be 17.9-km-long, from Danapur to Khemnichack via Meethapur, of which 7.3km will be elevated and 10.5km underground.

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