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Metro rail between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack

Odisha government on Saturday signed an agreement for preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for the metro rail services between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

The agreement was signed between Secundarabad-based Balaji Railroad System Limited (BARSYL) and Housing and Urban Development Department in the presence of HUD Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo.

The agency would prepare the DPR of the mass rapid transit system (MRTS) covering the 30 km distance between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack with a consultancy fee of Rs 2.52 crore.

The broad scope of work for the agency covers tasks like preparation of a DPR covering traffic demand assessment and system selection and including mobility analysis, alignment study, multimodal land use integration plan, land acquisition details, transit oriented development, cost estimation and funding pattern alternatives.

The Urban Development Ministry is encouraging cities with more than two million population to plan and implement high capacity and high speed metro rail system.

This requires studies on traffic and transportation, preparation of complete mobility plans, integration of land use and transportation planning in the cities.