Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said works on metro rail project in Patna would be taken up as soon as the state government will submit a detailed project report to urban affairs and union ministry of housing. It would be owned and conducted by state run Patna Metro Rail Corporation. It will be constructed on Public Private Partnership mode, approximated to cost ₹11,545 crore. On 14th Sep 2011, the Planning Commission of India gave approval for the Patna Metro.
On 11 June 2013, Bihar cabinet certified the proposal to prepare a project report for Metro train service in Patna. On 17 June 2014, Patna Metro project received the green light. It was planned to set up the Patna Metro Corporation before 15th August 2014. A detailed report for the Patna Metro project, now planned to proceed in four stages, is due 31 October 2014.
The metro rail proposal talks about 2 corridors in the 1st stage covering a total distance of 31 km. The 1st corridor would be an east- west corridor, which would run from Mithapur Bus Stand to Saguna Mor via Bailey Road and Patna Junction, which will cover a distance of 14.5kms. The 2nd corridor, is a north-south corridor, which would run from Patna Junction to proposed bus stand at Bairiya on Patna- Gaya Road via Ashok Rajpath, Gandhi Maidan and Rajendra Nagar Terminal, a total distance of 16.5 kms.
The new metro policy of the Centre was given a permission by the central cabinet headed by PM Narendra Modi in its meeting held on 16th August. According to sources, the new metro policy considers three funding options 1st, public-private partnership model with central assistance under the Viability Gap Funding scheme of the finance ministry, 2nd, central government grant under which 10% of the project cost will be given as central aid in a lump sum and 3rd, a 50:50 equity sharing model between the Central and State governments.
Union Urban development minister Kamal Nath had said that all cities that have a population in excess of 20 lakh would get a metro corridor. According to the 2011 findings, Patna has a population of 20.4 lakh, which makes Patna suitable for Metro. Bihar govt had decided to launch Patna metro by 2015. But, the metro rail is emerging as a more reasonable option for the city than the monorail for the execution of the proposed Patna Integrated Mass Rapid Transport System because of load factor. The Planning Commission is approaching its technical support to the proposed metro project.