Pradeep Pattanayak

The much-awaited Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Metro Rail Project on Monday made significant progress when the Bhubaneswar Metro Rail Corporation signed a contract with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).  The contract was signed for the construction of phase I of the project, from Bhubaneswar airport to Trishulia in Cuttack.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on a virtual platform. The project is targeted to be completed in four years.

On this occasion, Chief Minister Patnaik said that this pact signals the emergence of a new epoch in the transportation history of Odisha. He further said that we are now poised to transform the transportation landscape in the capital region. “This is a flagship programme under the 5T Initiative of my Government that will also symbolize the emergence of a New Odisha,” he added.

“My Cabinet has approved the First Phase of the metro project from Bhubaneswar Airport to Trisulia Square at a cost of Rs 6,255 crore. This is the single largest investment made in any infrastructure project in the history of Odisha. The entire cost of the project will be borne by the State Government,” he informed. 

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While appreciating the expertise of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, he expressed his confidence that the project would be of world-class standard and completed in time. 

DMRC MD, Vikas Kumar termed it to be an apt time to start transit-oriented development in Odisha. It will spruce up the economy and push growth and development in the region, he added. 

The length of the project from Bhubaneswar Airport to Trisulia Square is 26 km with 20 Metro stations including Capital Hospital, Rajmahal Square, Jayadev Vihar Square, and Patia Square among others.