About 316 km of metro rail is under operation and more than 500 km is under construction across the country. This includes metro and mono rail systems promoted by state governments and private bodies under their own arrangements, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has reportedly said that decisions for new projects will be taken after considering the availability of funds as well as feasibility of the projects. Further, according to reports, the minister has also told the Lok Sabha that the government is not considering any change to the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP), which provides a broad framework for development of urban transport.
As urban transport intertwined with urban development becomes a state subject, planning, execution and development of urban transport facilities are done by the states and union territories concerned. Meanwhile, the Urban Development Ministry has provided financial assistance to 11 cities for construction of 504 km Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). And reportedly, around 222 km of BRTS is operational and the remaining 282 km is under construction.
Funding under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) has been continued till March 31, 2017, for 7,059 business and 25 ancillary infrastructure projects (sanctioned during the transition phase ie 2012-13 and 2013-14). And, an additional central assistance amounting to Rs 2,740 crore has been released; while more than 18,000 buses have been procured so far.