The Assam government today said it was not hopeful of starting the ambitious Guwahati Metro Rail project in the near future.
It may be mentioned here that the metro rail project was announced during the tenure of the previous Congress-led government in the State. But the key issues were not settled and the project did not take off despite the fact that it was announced in the State Budget.
Informing the current status of the project in the Assam Assembly, Guwahati Development Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government has decided to trim the network proposed in the Detailed Project Report.
Though the Assam Cabinet has cleared a Rs18,000 crore metro rail project for Guwahati city.
The DPR, was prepared by the state under the previous Congress government but was not sent to the Centre for approval. The Congress governmment had laid the foundation stone of the project. “I’m not hopeful of the project. It will not happen soon. We do not even have the traffic movement study. In third or fourth year of our tenure, we may go to approval stage,” Sarma told the House.