After a meeting with Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu and DMRC former MD and the government’s advisor on metro rail projects, E. Sreedharan at his camp office on Saturday, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said the Vijayawada project, comprising the Pandit Nehru Bus Station-Penamalur and PNBS-Nidamanur corridors, has been estimated to cost nearly Rs. 6,770 crore.For Visakhapatnam, the estimated cost is going to be Rs. 10,865 crore. It comprises three corridors: NAD Junction to Kommadi, Gurudwara Junction to Old Post Office and Thatichetlapalem to East Point Colony, spanning a distance of 34.91 km in the first phase.
Therefore, along with the NAD Junction-Gajuwaka corridorm, which was originally proposed in the second phase but will now be taken up in the first, the total distance worked out to 42.5 km, and the cost to Rs. 12,725 crore.Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said the Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam metro rail projects were being taken up along with those sanctioned for Jaipur, Cochin, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lucknow, Nagpur Kolkata and Pune which fulfilled most of the criteria, in fulfilment of promises that were made at the time of the bifurcation of AP.
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