Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday said that the Central Government has accepted the state government’s proposal for metro rail project in Guwahati. The Centre has sanctioned an amount of Rs 25 crore for the feasibility study of the ambitious project and the preparation of a Detailed Project Report (DPR).

Tarun Gogoi also said that the first phase of the project will cover a distance of 65 km in Guwahati, connecting the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport to Narengi in the city.

"The second phase of the project will cover the stretch between Paltan Bazar to Khanapara area of the city, while the third will cover a stretch between Khanapara area to Jalukbari area of the city," Gogoi said, adding that the entire project is likely to cost Rs 14,000 crore.

An enthusiastic Gogoi, however, said that it would take time for the completion of the project. "It normally takes five to six years to study the feasibility of the project and prepare the DPR. In Assam, it could take more time as we have less working days because of rain. However, we are going to make it as fast as possible," the Chief Minister said.

Gogoi said that once the project gets completed, the ever-increasing traffic congestion in Guwahati would ease.


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