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The work on the much-awaited Metro rail project in Patna will begin in the 2018-19 financial year, confirmed Suresh Kumar Sharma, Urban Development Minister of Bihar.

We expect that we will get the new Detailed Project Report (DPR) in April and after working out financial aspects of the project, we will start the work as soon as possible in the next fiscal year i.e. 2018-19, Sharma said.

The minister confirmed that a revised DPR for Patna Metro Rail Project is being jointly prepared by the NIT Patna and the RITES as per the guidelines the Centres new Metro policy after the Centre rejected the old DPR for the project.

Vinod Narayan Jha, PHED Minister said the government will be able to supply arsenic and fluoride free water by the end of 2018-19 across the state. The government would ensure iron-free water supply by the end of 2020 but before the Assembly elections which is due in October-November 2020. A?Stating that there is one laboratory in each of 38 districts of the state to test the quality of water, he said the department is going to open laboratories in 76 sub-divisions.

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