"The foundation stone for the eagerly awaited Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) for Guwahati will be laid by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at Khanapara on February 29," said an official release from the Chief Minister's Office.

The 203-km metro corridor will be completed in three phases in five years, the release said, adding it forecasts traffic demand till 2045.

"The project has been prepared by RITES Ltd, a Government of India Enterprise. The first phase will have a total length of 61.4 km and will have four corridors - namely Dharapur-Narangi (elevated, 22.6 km), MG Road-Khanapara (underground, 10 km), Jalukbari to Khanapara (elevated 19.4 km and ISBT-Paltanbazar (elevated,9.4 km).

There will be altogether 54 stations in the four corridors and the train with three car racks will have a carrying capacity of upto 975 passengers, it said.

The state cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Gogoi had approved the detailed project report (DPR) for MRTS on February 20, it said.

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