The Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs (MoHUA) informed Lok Sabha that 34 metro rail and rapid rail projects with a cumulative length of nearly 1,230 km are under implementation across the country.
In addition, the ministry has received proposals for another 16 projects with a cumulative length of 638 km which includes 103 km long Delhi-Panipat Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS).
The ministry told the house that Delhi Metro Phase III (including extensions), Nagpur Metro Rail Project Phase I, Mumbai Metro Line 2A and Mumbai Metro Line 7 have completed more than 90 per cent of works.
“Urban transport, which is an integral part of urban development, is a state subject. Hence, respective State Governments are responsible for initiating, developing and funding urban transport infrastructure including metro rail projects,” Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said.
“The Central Government considers financial assistance for metro rail proposals in cities or urban agglomerates, on the basis of extant policy, feasibility of the proposal and availability of resources, as and when posed by the concerned State Governments,” it added.
India currently has operational metro network of 697.43 km in various cities – namely, Kolkata Metro in West Bengal (oldest metro in India), Delhi Metro (longest metro in India) and Noida Metro NCR, Hyderabad Metro in Telangana, Bangalore/ Namma Metro in Karnataka, Chennai Metro in Tamil Nadu, Kochi Metro in Kerala, Mumbai Metro and Nagpur Metro in Maharashtra, Ahmedabad Metro in Gujarat, Jaipur Metro in Rajasthan and Lucknow Metro in Uttar Pradesh.