Bhopal, India (Urban Transport News): After seven years of the announcement, Madhya Pradesh Government finally scrapped its two ambitious metro rail projects which were planned to introduce in Jabalpur and Gwalior city. Now Government thinks that the costly metro rail system is not feasible for both cities.
In 2014, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had announced to run the metro rail system in Jabalpur city. The government has expended over 31 lakh rupees in preparation of feasibility reports for Jabalpur and Gwalior Metro Rail projects in 2017. The feasibility report was submitted in October 2017 however the Centre had launched the new Metro Rail Policy on 16th August 2017.
The state government said the metro rail project is not feasible in the cities where the population is less than 20 lakh according to the new Metro Rail Policy of the Central Government and hence the government has decided to scrap the plan.
Earlier in 2009, the state government had written Central Government and Ministry of Railways for considering metro rail project in Jabalpur and Gwalior city.
In September 2019, the Kamalnath-led state government had also announced to launch of the Jabalpur Metro Rail project and gave directions to the finance ministry to make provisions for this project in the next budget session.
A survey covering a total of 91 km metro rail network on three routes was conducted. These routes were Bhedaghat to Khamharia (26 km), Maharajpur to Gwarighat (24 km) and Barela to Patan ByPass (41 km).
Jabalpur is the third-largest city of Madhya Pradesh state after Indore and Bhopal. The metro rail projects for Indore and Bhopal are already in the under-construction stage. The total population of Jabalpur city is about 14 lakh.