Govt to support 19 Metro rail projects: PM
Laying the foundation for the Rs 5,181 crore Kochi Metro project here, Singh said DPRs had already been prepared for 12 cities and Metro rail projects were being implemented in seven cities covering a total network of length 476 km at a cost of over Rs 1.15 lakh crore.
The Delhi Metro is carrying about 22 lakh people daily, he said.
Pointing out that an efficient transport system was a service that was 'critical' to the orderly growth and development of cities, Singh said Metro rail was just one component of such a transport system.
"We need to build our cities with multimodal transport systems that efficiently integrate different modes of public transport like buses and trains. I understand that the Urban Development Ministry has taken several initiatives to promote sustainable transport practices in the country," he said.
These include support to Metro rail projects, Bus Rapid Transit Systems and sanction of city buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Singh said unless provisioning of services keeps pace with urbanisation, "we will face serious problems of haphazard urban growth, slums and crumbling city infrastructure."
At present, about 28 per cent people live in towns and cities which is expected to go up to 40 per cent by 2031, amounting