January 22: The government has signed agreements with two consultant companies to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) of Maharajgunj-Satdobato Metro Rail, which runs across the capital from the north to the south end.
The Department of Railways has selected one company from Nepali and one Chinese company to complete the DPR of the 12-kilometer section of the metro rail within a year.
The total length of the railway line is 22 kilometers and it stretches form Budhanikantha to Khokana via Majarajgunj and Satdobato.
Director General of the Department of Railways Balaram Mishra said that the agreement was signed three days ago and the focus will be to prepare the DPR considering the flow of traffic and busy routes.
The department has initiated the process of preparing the DPR almost five years after conducting the feasibility study.
Mishra informed that it will take around a year to prepare the DPR while the cost is estimated to be around Rs 150 million. He further said that the structure of the metro rail is complicated from the engineering point of view so the preparation of DPR and the cost is high.
Stakeholders claim that metro rail is necessary to ease the traffic congestion of the capital.