"After the SPV is constituted, the DPR (Detailed Project Report) of the Patna Metro rail will be sent to the Central Government for approval," Choudhary said.

He said that the decision was taken at a high-level meeting with top officials of the state government.

SPV will be set up with a board of directors, headed by a non-executive chairman and project director as MD of Metro Rail Project.

Earlier this month, the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) finalized the DPR for the Patna metro rail project and submitted it to the state government.

The DPR has reduced the project cost to Rs 14,000 crore from Rs 17,000 crore that was estimated earlier.

He said that the state government will now work to declare Patna a metropolitan city as it will help to speed up the Metro train project.

He also said that initially, the Metro rail will be run on two routes in the city.

A Patna Metro Rail Corporation on the lines of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will be formed for monitoring the construction, he added.

Patna is home to more than two million people and congestion is a serious problem on the city's overcrowded roads.

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