INDIA: The central government has approved plans for a metro to be built in Varanasi at a cost of Rs123·5bn. Following the submission of the project report prepared by RITES, construction is planned to begin in December.

A 19·4 km line would link BHEL with Banaras Hindu University, and a 10 km route would run from Benia Bagh to Sarnath. There would be an interchange at Benia Bagh, and 22 of the 26 stations would be underground.

  • The central government has also approved the two-line Kanpur metro, which the Uttar Pradesh government approved in March.