Metro railways lines 2019 cities. Nine cities will get an additional 313 km of Metro rail connectivity by March 2019. These cities include Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Kochi, Bengaluru and Chennai. Since the first metro began in Kolkata in 1984, the mass transit system is operational only on 370 km in eight cities till now. According to a report, close to 537 km of metro tracks are under construction at present.“To speed up Metro expansion in view of growing traffic and pollution, the central government has increased budgetary provision for Metro projects to Rs 42,696 crore during 2015-18, marking an increase of 258% over that of Rs 16,565 crore during the 2012-15 period,” an official of housing urban affairs ministry told.In terms of funding, the Central and the state governments follow a 50-50 equity venture model. Excluding land costs, the Centre gives assistance of up to 20 percent of a project’s costs; 14 percent equity and the subordinate debt accounting for about six percent. The Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Lucknow, projects have been approved by the current NDA government, whereas, the rest were given the nod by the previous UPA government. Expanding the metro rail club list to 12, the latest cities to join are Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Nagpur; of which, Lucknow will be the first city to become operational. Metro railways lines 2019 cities.
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