Bhopal: The Centre has given in-principle approval for preparing the detailed project report (DPR) to introduce Metro Rail services in Bhopal and Indore, Madhya Pradesh urban administration and development minister Babulal Gaur said on Tuesday.

"The Centre has given in-principle approval for preparing DPR of Bhopal and Indore Metro Rail services," the Minister told reporters.

Gaur said the DPR would be prepared in next six-seven months and the Centre and the state will bear its cost in the ratio of 50:50.

The urban administration department will float a tender to select a company for preparing the DPR for the two cities, he said.

The length of the Metro Rail track in Bhopal is 28.5 km while for Indore it will be about 33 km.

The estimated cost for implementing the Metro Rail project is around Rs 6,000 crore in Bhopal and about Rs 7,500 crore in Indore, the minister said, adding that the feasibility survey for the two projects was done by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Limited.

The Centre has also praised the Narmada Purification Scheme of the state government and asked to send DPR of this project also, Gaur said.

"Union Minister of Environment and Forest Jayanthi Natarajan in a letter praised the Narmada river purification scheme and asked the state to send a DPR of the project under National River Conservation Scheme," he added.


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