On January 1, 2024, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is set to inaugurate Phase I of the eagerly anticipated Bhubaneswar Metro project. During his recent review of the project, he gave the green light to the Detailed Project Report (DPR), which comes with a price tag of Rs. 5929 Crore, fully funded by the state government as part of their 5T initiative.
The state government has allocated Rs. 210 Crore in the Supplementary Budget for the current year. Phase I of the Metro Rail will span from Bhubaneswar Airport to Trisulia Square, featuring a total of 20 stations.
Notably, the entire metro alignment from Trisulia Square to Bhubaneswar Airport will be elevated and run along the median or side of existing roads, serving key locations like Nandankanan, KIIT Square, Damana Square, Jaydev Vihar, Vani Vihar, Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Bapuji Nagar, Sishu Bhawan, and Capital Hospital. The project is set to commence soon and is scheduled for completion within 48 months.