Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH), a prominent medical centre in the state capital, will soon get Metro connectivity as the upcoming PMCH metro station under the Patna Metro Rail Project (PMRP) will pass beneath the hospital premises.
“The PMCH station will be a part of the 14.45km long Patna Railway Station – Patliputra ISBT Corridor (Line-2) of the PMRP. It was much required as the metro station will provide seamless connectivity to people who come to PMCH everyday for their medical requirements,” Anuj Dayal, principal executive director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the executing agency for Patna Metro, said on Sunday.
“The PMCH metro station will be an underground metro station on the Ashok Rajpath having total 4 entry and exit gates, two inside the PMCH campus and the other two towards the opposite side of road on the Ashok Rajpath. A small subway of 30 metre will also be constructed to provide connectivity towards the entry/exit gate on either side. The station will have two lifts and three escalators for the convenience of commuters,” Dayal said.
Originally proposed as an elevated station, the station was designed to pass through extremely congested residential as well as commercial areas. “It was later realized that an elevated stretch will involve a large number of partial or complete demolition of nearby structures. Moreover, construction of elevated viaduct on this busy road would lead to choking of road traffic since the width of Ashok Rajpath between Catholic Church and PMCH is extremely narrow. Subsequently, the PMCH Station was designed uniquely to ensure that the redevelopment plans for the PMCH premises does not affect construction feasibility of the station. The proposed flyover on Ashok Raj Path also necessitated modifications to the station design,” he said.
Apart from the hospital which caters to many patients, the PMCH metro station will also be adjacent to several ancient buildings, old local marketplaces and densely populated residential areas.
The Bihar government has planned to redevelop the PMCH into a 5,462-bed world-class hospital. “The redeveloped hospital is bound to further increase the traffic congestion in the area. A metro station was urgently required in the PMCH to reduce the traffic woes of the area in the future,” a state health department official said here on Sunday.
Earlier on Saturday, CM Nitish Kumar took stock of progress in construction works of Patna Metro Rail Project by conducting on-spot inspection in different parts of the state capital. During the inspection, Nitish asked the officials to expedite construction work so that the Patna Metro Rail project could be completed on time and people could get its benefits.