The Uttar Pradesh government has directed the urban development department to expedite work on the first phase of the Gorakhpur metro lite project, which is expected to cost $2,670 crore. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has expressed interest in assisting with the project’s financing. Metro rail services will also connect Kashi (Varanasi), Meerut, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Jhansi, and Prayagraj.
The Gorakhpur metro lite project is awaiting central cabinet approval, but the first phase of the project has already been approved by the state cabinet and the Public Investment Board (PIB) chaired by the Union finance secretary and expenditure in New Delhi. The first phase metrolite, which covers Gorakhnath Mandir, Gorakhpur Railway Station, Gorakhpur University, and the newly commissioned AIIMS, will have 14 elevated stations on a 15.14 km stretch. The project is expected to be completed in 2024 and will serve a population of 15.75 lakh people.