Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday announced the State’s first Metro Rail Project. In the first phase the metro rail will run from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar to Trisula near Cuttack. The project ultimately connect Cuttack-Bhubaneswar-Puri- Khurda.

Speaking on the occasion of Utkal Divas, the CM said ” On this momentous occasion I am pleased to announce the metro train project connecting Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri and Khurda. The project has been studied by various stake holders and feasibility reports prepared . In the first phase we will create the metro trunk route from Trisulia near Cuttack to Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. The route will tentatively touch major landmarks such as Nandankanan, Patia, Vani Vihar, Railway Station and so on . As the project is starting from near Subash Bose Setu, it will enable the commuters from CTC to access important locations in Bhubaneswar. In later phases the metro will expand to Khurda and Puri.”

He said the Housing and Urban Development Department has been directed to complete the DPR on a war footing. The project will be predominantly based on elevated corridors and will be entirely funded by the State government.