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  1. MAFIAN GOD

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    Noida Metro

    Noida to form its own Metro rail company
    Noida to form its own Metro rail company

    Following in the footsteps of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Uttar Pradesh’s two industrial developmental authorities — Noida and Greater Noida — on Monday approved a proposal of forming its own metro rail construction company to construct 29-km-long link between Noida City Centre and Greater Noida’s Bodaki.

    The company, named as Noida Metro Rail Company (NMRC), will provide a fast link between two townships.

    The two authorities have allocated Rs. 1,000 crore initial corpus fund to set up the company, which will be engaged in constructing metro rail network across UP.

    “The first project of NMRC will be the 29-km-long proposed metro link project between Noida and Greater Noida. It will then take up all future metro extension projects in the state. However, old approved metro projects such as 3.9-km-long link from Kalindi Kunj to Botanical Garden and 6-km link from City Centre to Sector 62 towards NH-24 will be completed by the DMRC as planned earlier,” said Rama Raman, chairman of three authorities — Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway.

    “The board has approved NMRC, now it will get UP government’s official nod very soon. Then UP registrar will register the name. NMRC will start functioning in a few months,” said Rama Raman in the Hindustan Times Real Estate Conclave 2013 at Noida on Monday.

    Of the 29-km stretch, 19 kilometre will fall in Noida jurisdiction, and the remaining 10 kilometre stretch will fall in the Greater Noida region.

    “DMRC will work as a consultant for future projects. But construction work will be carried out by NMRC only,” said Rama Raman.

    Officials said after Bangalore, Kochi, Jaipur and Chandigarh, Noida will be the fifth city to boast its own metro rail company.

    “It is being done to take load off DMRC, which is burdened with too much work. And unlike corporation, it will be a company,” said another authority official.

    The authority has also written to the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), seeking funds as this link will connect Bodaki with Noida. Bodaki is the first industrial town, which is being developed by DMIC. “We are hopeful of getting funds from the DMIC. We will invite tenders in the next 6 months," said an authority official.
     
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    Jaipur Monorail

    Now, government wants monorail for shorter routes
    Now, government wants monorail for shorter routes

    JAIPUR: After the Jaipur Metro rail project, the urban development and housing (UDH) department is inching towards monorail project on shorter route in the city. In a recent meeting, directions to prepare the feasibility report for the Engineering Project India Limited (EPIL), a company interested to join on the public-private partnership (PPP) model, were given by the UDH department. The state government is already planning to launch the project in Kota. It is learnt the detailed project report (DPR) for the monorail project (Kota) has been prepared by the firm.

    A senior UDH official said, "A team of engineers from EPIL would conduct a survey soon. The teams will ascertain the route for the monorail where it will be feasible. The state government is planning to introduce monorail on PPP model."

    Sources in the department said, last year a Malaysian firm, M Rail International, was roped in to conduct a survey for the monorail project for the cities of Jodhpur and Kota. However, the officials of the firm never showed up for the survey in the cities which hampered the project work.

    The initiative was taken by the state government last year after the UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal, visited Malaysia . "Efforts are being made to improve the public transport system. The state government is thinking of facilitating a speedy commute in the fast-growing cities," said an official.

    Sources in the department claimed that with already big projects such as Metro rail project phase I and II underway, cost is a major factor which the state government is worried about. For elevated tracks for monorail, the cost is Rs 140 crore per kilometre. So, the state government is finding possibilities to cover the maximum distance on surface.

    Sources added, "Directions have been given to minimize the cost. Since the cost of elevated tracks is quite high, we will try to find out the possibility of running it maximum on surface rather than on elevated road. Whether it is possible to run the monorail on surface rather than on elevated track, we will find it through the survey."
     
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    Chennai Metro

    Chennai’s first train to arrive from Brazil in June
    Chennai’s first train to arrive from Brazil in June
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    The train will feature automatic sliding doors, 44 seats in each car and route maps in English and Tamil — Photo: Special Arrangement

    Four cars will be assembled and a four-month long testing process will begin followed by a test run in Koyambedu

    The city is all set to receive its first Metro Rail train from Brazil, in the first week of June.

    Four cars of the train have been shipped from Brazil and are en-route to Chennai Port. Officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) said the train was shipped from Brazil during the last week of April.

    “It will reach Chennai by the end of May or first week of June. From the port, the cars will be transported via a trailer to the depot in Koyambedu,” an official said.

    The four cars will then be assembled and a four-month long testing process will begin. A test track is now being prepared in Koyambedu.

    This was the first train for Chennai manufactured at Alstom Transport’s plant in Lapa, Sao Paulo. The company has signed a contract to supply 42 trains to CMRL.

    A total of nine trains are being manufactured in Brazil, while the other 33 trains will be manufactured at Sri City plant, Alstom’s first rolling stock factory in India, located in Andhra Pradesh.

    The other eight trains will be completed and sent from Brazil in phases, the official said.

    According to Alstom Transport, the four-car stainless steel train features electrically-operated automatic sliding doors, a large gangway, air-conditioning, dedicated space for passengers with reduced mobility, a route map in English and Tamil, LED displays and announcements as well as luggage racks.

    The four-car train will have a total seating and standing capacity of 1,276. “On an average, each car will have 44 seats including dedicated seats for persons with disabilities and senior citizens,” a CMRL official said.

    He added: “Work on laying the track and electrical work will soon be completed for the test run, which will be conducted on the elevated Koyambedu–St. Thomas Mount line as and when each portion is completed.”

    The Research Designs and Standards Organisation will also certify the trains before they are commissioned. The government had announced in the State assembly that the first Metro line would be commissioned in mid-2014, the official said.

    Chennai’s Metro Rail project consists of two corridors – a 23.1 km line from Washermanpet to the airport and a 22 km line from Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount.
     
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    Kochi Metro

    Kochi Metro trains to have 3 coaches to carry 1,000 passengers
    Kochi Metro trains to have 3 coaches to carry 1,000 passengers

    KOCHI: The Kochi Metro Board today decided to have three coaches in each train with a total carrying capacity of 1,000 passengers.

    The decision in this regard was taken at a board meeting near here.

    Later briefing reporters, Urban Development Secretary and KMRL Chairman Sudheer Krishna said it has been decided to have three coaches with a total carrying capacity of 1,000 passengers. The trains would be run in five minutes gap.

    The average speed of the train would be 34 km per hour, he said, adding the maximum speed would be 80 km per hour. The platforms would be 70 metres long. The meeting also approved the names of all the 22 stations.

    The Kochi Metro board also decided to look at funding options beyond JAICA ( Japan International Cooperation Agency) and French financial agency AFD (Agence Francaise de Development) by seeking loans from national and international agencies, Krishna said.

    The land acquisition proceedings were going on smoothly, he said, adding some small issues have to be ironed out by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Railways.

    The board also approved the budget of Kochi Metro for the financial year 2013-14 and the tripartite MoU to be signed between government of India, Kerala government and KMRL.

    The key business of this board meeting was a detailed evaluation of the time lines and the schedules for project execution by DMRC.

    The Board also approve the appointment of Ved Mani Tiwari as Director (System), who will be responsible for rolling stock, signalling related aspects. Director S D Sharma, who will be the representative of the DMRC of Kochi Metro Board and the newly posted Chief Secretary, E K Bharat Bhushan, also participated in the meeting.

    Mumbai Metro

    MMRDA plans heritage line
    MMRDA plans heritage line

    Mumbai Metro Rail is planning a heritage line for Colaba-Bandra-Seepz corridor. It will be similar to one proposed in Delhi from Kashmere Gate to Central Secretariat, which recently got NOC from National Monuments Authority.

    MMRDA, in consultation with conservationists and the Metro Rail construction team, is trying lend the underground line a heritage character. It is looking at options such as juxtaposing modern elements with the fabric of nearby heritage structures and replicating the feel of structures/precincts at Metro stations.

    From Cuffe Parade to Bandra, the Rs 24,500-crore Metro Line-3 with 27 underground stations will pass under heritage structures such as CST (a UNESCO site), Flora Fountain and the art decco of Marine Drive heritage precinct.

    The line will be at least 100 metres from the heritage sites/structures over it.

    Additional metropolitan commissioner S V R Srinivas of MMRDA said: "The metro line can only be built once. After we build the path, we cannot change it. We will go 20 metres underground so that most of the rail line is out of sight. It is only the entry-exit points of stations that are posing a problem. We plan to incorporate the architectural style prevalent in the precinct. A large team of experts and conservationists is working on the plan."

    He said other parts of the rail corridor were also being studied since Dharavi fort, Mahim fort and Worli fort fell under the jurisdiction of Archaeological Survey of India are in the vicinity of rail alignment.

    MMRDA has roped in conservation architect and Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee member Abha Narain Lambah as a design consultant.

    "Designs for the corridor passing through these areas are of international standard, similar to what you would find in Europe, around the ancient precincts of Greece. We are still discussing design possibilities. An option is to use the stone masonry work or architectural characteristics of neighbouring historic structures with modern elements such as glass and steel, which will be designed to fit well into the fabric," said Abha.
     
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    Consultancy pact for Kerala monorails to be inked

    Trivandrum, June 18:

    A general consultancy agreement for setting up proposed monorail projects in Trivandrum and Kozhikode will be signed here on Wednesday.

    Kerala Monorail Corporation will enter into agreement with general consultants Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for the combined Rs 5,581-crore project.

    GENERAL CONSULTANT

    Kerala Monorail Corporation is a special purpose vehicle set up by the State Government for implementing the monorail projects.

    The agreement will be signed at the State Assembly complex here in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy; his Cabinet colleagues; Speaker G. Karthikeyan; and E. Sreedharan, principal advisor to Delhi Metro.

    Delhi Metro will be responsible for design; preparation of bid document; short-listing and selection of contractors; supervision, and quality certification for the monorail projects.

    The elevated mass rapid transport system will run to a length of 22.2 km from Technocity to Karamana in Trivandrum and 14.2-km from Government Medical College to Meenchantha in Kozhikode.

    SINGLE AGREEMENT

    V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, minister for public works, said that a single agreement would be signed with Delhi Metro since it was general consultant and executing agency for the projects.

    Delhi Metro will get 3.25 per cent (of Rs 5,581 crore, break-up of which is Rs 3,590 crore for Trivandrum and Rs1,991 crore for Kozhikode).

    The minister said that tender formalities would be initiated soon. Since acquisition of land would not be a problem, the State Government hoped to complete projects on schedule.

    In Trivandrum, the requirement was 17.170 hectares. Of this, 13.75 hectares was government land; 0.58 hectares with Railways; and 2.820 hectares with private parties.

    Only 39 families and 65 shops would be affected as per the detailed project report.

    Meanwhile, the State Government has announced four-laning of the Kazhakuttom-Kesavadapuram stretch under a Rs 10,000-crore package cleared by the Cabinet for the monorail.

    Consultancy pact for Kerala monorails to be inked | Business Line
     
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    Kerala Monorail, Delhi Metro ink consultancy agreement

    Trivandrum, Jun 19:

    General consultancy agreement for setting up monorail projects in Trivandrum and Kozhikode was signed here on Wednesday.

    Special purpose vehicle Kerala Monorail Corporation signed the agreement with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation at a ceremony at the State Assembly complex.

    SEAMLESS TRAVEL

    P.C. Harikesh, managing director, Kerala Monorail, and S.D. Sharma, director, business development, Delhi Metro, represented the respective parties.

    As per terms, Delhi Metro will undertake all necessary works with respect to announcement, entertainment and assessment of contractor’s documents.

    It will develop models for ‘seamless travel’ in consultation with Kerala Monorail featuring common ticketing and integration with Southern Railway, suburban and urban transport networks.

    The cost of implementation of ‘seamless travel,’ which assures travel facility across these modes of transport, will be part of the project cost.

    Delhi Metro will also recommend to Kerala Monorail a pre-qualified list for the latter’s acceptance.

    It will prepare formal evaluation criteria and procedures for evaluation of the proposals; obtain approvals from Kerala Monorail; and assist it to invite bids from pre-qualified contractors.

    PROPOSAL EVALUATION

    Delhi Metro will also perform independent evaluation of all bid proposals for all contracts received, including ranking of bidders.

    It will exercise all technical, financial and contract management powers and all proposals will be put up to Kerala Monorail for its final approval for taking appropriate decision.

    Kerala Monorail will then oversee the quality assurance aspects, as considered necessary.

    Delhi Metro will also be responsible for arranging funds for the project and payment to contractors/consultants upon certification.

    Availability of all land will be ensured to the contractor in time. Widening of road from Mananchira to Meenchantha at Kozhikode and Kariavattom to Kesavadasapuram in Trivandrum will be completed at the earliest.

    ROAD OVERBRIDGES

    Delhi Metro will ensure completion of road overbridges at Panniyankara in Kozhikode and four flyovers at Sreekariyam, Ulloor, Pattom and Plamoodu in Trivandrum.

    It will also provide all assistance in getting shifted in time utility services laid by various Government and non-Government organisations.

    Details given in the detailed project report may be reviewed, if necessary, by the general consultant. It will also help Kerala Monorail with preparation of ‘request for qualification’ documents and inviting bids thereof.

    The latter will get assistance for setting up pre-bid meetings and clarifications required, if any. Delhi Metro will evaluate technical bids and put up recommendations.

    The general consultant will also assist Kerala Monorail with the process of inviting ‘request for qualification’ bids.

    Kerala Monorail, Delhi Metro ink consultancy agreement | Business Line
     
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    By 2020, India will be among the Top 5 countries with the most number of cities with metro rail system.
     
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    I'm sure of this, most cities in India are implementing metro & monorail projects now :cheers:
     
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    Right now India has Metro trains operational in ONLY 4 cities and ZERO monorail systems.

    By the year 2020 India will have Metro trains in following cities :

    1.Delhi
    2.Mumbai
    3.Kolkata
    4.Chennai
    5.Banglore
    6.Hyderabad
    7.Pune
    8.Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar
    9.Kochi
    10.Jaipur
    11.Nagpur
    12.Kanpur
    13.Lucknow
    14.Patna
    15.Gurgaon
    16.Noida
    17.Jammu
    18.Indore
    19.Surat
    20.Bhopal
    21.Chandigadh
    22.Ludhiana
    23.Navi Mumbai



    By the year 2020 India will have monorails in these cities :
    1.Mumbai
    2.Delhi.
    3.Chennai
    4.Trivandrum/Thiruvananthapuram
    5.Kochi
    6.Banglore
    7.Koimbtore
    8.Kozikode
    9.Indore

    and few more cities are in the planning phase.

    Seems to be a bright picture,isn't it ? :wink:
     
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    Mumbai metro’s third line likely to get Centre’s nod

    The Union cabinet is likely to approve the Mumbai metro’s third corridor — a 33-km underground section linking Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ — on Thursday. The three corridors of the metro will together cover a distance of 77kms.

    However, unlike the first two lines, which Reliance Infras-tructure is building on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, the proposed third line will be a joint venture between the Centre and the Maharashtra government.

    The third corridor had recently got a boost, when the Japan government, on May 30, had agreed to provide 71 billion yen and technical support for the project which is worth Rs23,136 crore. While the currency conversion comes to Rs4,000 crore, MMRDA officials have claimed the aid from Japan will come to Rs13,000 crore.

    The funding will be provided through an agreement with the Japan International Coopera-tion Agency (JICA), an independent government agency that aims to assist in the economic and social growth of developing countries.

    A few Japanese companies — Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Hitachi and Nippon — have shown interest in the development of the project.

    The state has set a March 2019 deadline for the completion of the third line.

    The first line (Versova-Ghatkopar), which is under construction, is expected to be complete by December and work on the second line (Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd) is yet to begin.
     
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    Pune Metro

    Pune mulls Mumbai model to speed up metro project
    Pune mulls Mumbai model to speed up metro project

    PUNE: The Pune metro project may follow the Mumbai model of public private partnership (PPP) which means increased involvement of the Centre in the funding process.

    The Maharashtra government and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) are mulling over Mumbai metro model of Public Private Partnership (PPP) involving central funds to expedite the Pune metro project.

    The recent meeting of the state urban development department (UDD) with PMC officials concluded that the Union government's PPP model would help the Pune metro project raise the required funds.

    A PMC official said that urban transport is inter-twined with urban development and is under the purview of the state government. The concerned state and the city implementing urban transport project need to work on financial model and hence the state government is tapping options for Pune metro funding. The PPP model involving central funding has been adopted for the Hyderabad metro project (71.16 km) and Mumbai metro line 1 with length of 11.40 km and line 2 with length of 31.871 km. According to the state and PMC officials this model would help to avoid any further delay to start the project.

    In June last year, the state cabinet gave its assent to the much-awaited Pune metro rail project, approving the 14.925-km elevated route from Vanaz to Ramwadi. The cabinet also decided to form the Pune Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) for implementing the project, which is planned to be completed within the next four years. The cabinet nod for the metro project had come close on the heels of the union urban development ministry's decision to consider metros in cities with a population of more than 20 lakh.

    The overarching model for Pune metro will be Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) proposed model, where 10% of the project cost will be contributed by the PMC while the state and Centre will contribute 20% each.

    The remaining 50% will be raised by a special purpose vehicle (SPV) using various options like build-operate-transfer (BOT) and public private partnership (PPP).

    The PPP model opted by Hyderabad and Mumbai has helped these cities get substantial Union government funding along with the PPP investment, said the state officials in the meeting. The PMC has been asked to work on a proposal to be submitted to the Union government.

    The Metro Story

    THE START

    In 2006, Union minister Sharad Pawar told the PMC and the PCMC to submit a plan for a metro. DMRC's expertise was sought and the corporation recommended its model.

    COST FACTOR

    The corporation suggested setting up of a Pune Metro Rail Corporation to oversee all options. Completion target set for 2014-15 at a cost of Rs 8,401 crore for the first corridor from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Swargate and Rs 9,534 crore for second corridor from Vanaz to Ramwadi.

    MONEY MATTERS

    10% of the total project cost to be contributed by the PMC while the state and Centre to give 20% each. The remaining 50% will be raised by the special purpose vehicle (SPV) using options like Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) and Public Private Partnership (PPP).
     
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    Lucknow Metro

    Lucknow prepares for 'Life in a Metro'
    Lucknow prepares for 'Life in a Metro'

    The city of Nawabs, known for mannerisms and tonga rides, is gearing up to welcome its own metro rail network.

    If things roll as planned, the first phase of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), the proposed special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the project, would be up and running by 2016-17.

    The total project envisaged in phases is estimated at Rs 16,000 crore, to be funded in a 50:50 ratio by the Centre and Uttar Pradesh on the lines of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and as suggested by the Union urban development ministry. DMRC is the consultant for the project and had prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR).

    Both the joint venture partners would infuse 20 per cent each as equity in the project, while the rest would be raised through debt.

    The high powered committee headed by state chief secretary Jawed Usmani had recently approved setting up of the SPV and constituted a sub-committee headed by secretary housing, Rajiv Agarwal, to identify alternative sources of funding.

    Lucknow Metro project has been moving at turtle's pace for the last several years. During the previous Mayawati regime, the project could not move beyond the route alignment stage over funding model to be adopted.

    Meanwhile, North-South corridor route, spanning about 24 km and connecting Lucknow Airport to Munshi Pulia, has been finalised.

    In his 2013-14 budget speech on February 19, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had averred time had come when Lucknow boasted of its own metro rail, so that it could be counted amongst the developed cities in the world.

    "Now, that one corridor has been frozen, we have to see that cost remains at the minimum. Later, we would identify other routes to connect virgin areas to the metro network. This would not only usher in growth in these pockets, but also generate funds for the project," Agarwal told Business Standard.

    He said the project plan would now be put before the cabinet, hopefully this month itself, before it is forwarded to the Centre.

    Eariler, international funding agencies, viz, World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had evinced interest in Lucknow Metro. On May 13, JICA officials had even met the state chief secretary seeking details.

    Agarwal said other routes, including East-West corridor and ring metro line running about 13 km and 42 km respectively, would be added to the project depending on the techno-feasibility reports.
     
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    Patna Metro

    Bihar government signs MOU for feasibility study of Patna Metro rail project
    Bihar government signs MOU for feasibility study of Patna Metro rail project

    PATNA: The Bihar government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a consultant - Rites Ltd - for feasibility study and Detailed Project Report preparation for the proposed 30-km Patna Metro railway project, officials said on Tuesday.

    The MOU was signed between the Rites Ltd Director (Projects) Arbind Kumar and Urban Development Secretary S Siddarth yesterday.

    Under the agreement, RITES Ltd will be required to submit the feasibility report by September, 2013 and DPR by December, 2013, they said.

    In its scope of works, the consultant will be required to identity the mass transit corridors on the basis of detailed traffic demand assessment study, topographic survey, soil survey at 500 meters interval on the proposed stretch among other measures, they said.
     
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    metro rail stations can be used as a bomb shelter , a safe passage for troops ,goods, equipments n ammo ... in many foreign countries this has been recognized ... so authorities here also have recognized the potential of underground metro ...
     
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    Metro rail in Guwahati soon

    Guwahati will soon have Metro rail with the Centre approving Assam government's proposal for the mass transit system, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Thursday.

    "The Government of India has accepted our Metro rail proposal and we have been informed that Rs. 25 crore have been sanctioned for feasibility study of the project," Mr Gogoi told reporters.

    The total cost of the project will be Rs. 1400 crore on a rough estimate and it will cover a total distance of 65 Km. This system will ease the traffic problem in the city, he said.

    "In the first phase the area to be covered will be from LGB Airport to Narengi, in the second phase from Paltan bazar to Khanapara and the third phase will be from Khanapara to Jhalubari", he said.

    The project would take five to six years to complete, but might require even more time due to the frequent rains, he said.

    The mass rapid transport system would also be extended to Guwahati's neighbouring areas, including Rangia, Mirza and South Bank, Mr Gogoi said.

    Mr Gogoi's government was also keen to develop the river transport system by setting up a corporation if necessary as it daily transported a large number of passengers and goods.

    For easing the congestion away from Guwahati, he said the Urban Planning Institute in Ahmedabad was engaged to do a study on it so that development works could be undertaken down to the block level, where people would get employment and would not have to migrate to Guwahati.
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    Metro rail in Guwahati soon | NDTV.com
     
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