The detailed project report of the Metro has suggested three alternative alignments for the tricity. While the alignment within Chandigarh remains the same,there is some difference in the peripheral areas. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has recommended one of the alignments for the tricity. However,the station loads and peak loads for all the three alignments have been calculated.
The route that has been recommended for the Metro Rail is the one where the North-South corridor runs from Capitol Complex to Gurdwara Shaheeda while the East-West corridor is from Transport Terminal,Mohali,to Grain Market in Panchkula. As many as 30 Metro stations have been planned on the route. The route is termed alternative 2.
Apart from this,there are two more routes that have been suggested. In alternative 1,the North-South corridor is the same as in alternative 2. The East-West corridor starts from PGI and ends at Grain Market,Panchkula. The stations at Transport Terminal,Mullanpur,Sarangpur and Khuda Lahora are missing in this. In alternative 3,the North-South corridor extends to Mohali sectors 79,81,Knowledge City,IT City and Chhat village.
The Metro report suggests that in the first phase,the East-West corridor is up to Gurdwara Shaheeda,but it could be extended up to the Aerocity if the need arises. An official of the UT Administration said that three alternatives had been given in the report in order to have a wider choice. The final approval of the report from the Centre is awaited.
The report has listed out the station load for each of the three alternatives. The maximum station load in the two corridors has been calculated for alternative 3 and the minimum for alternative 1. In the North-South corridor,for alternative 1,there would be 1,38,852 passengers per day,for alternative 2,it would be 1,43,510,and for alternative 3,it would be 1,46,332.
For the East-West corridor,the peak station load for alternatives 1,2 and 3 would be 1,38,814,1,48,994 and 1,53,631 respectively.
Since the construction of the Metro would affect the tricity,apart from Chandigarh,the governments of Punjab and Haryana are involved in the project. A presentation of the alignment has been given to the representatives of the city and the two states,and certain stations added at the recommendations of the states.