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MUD yet to give green signal to Metro project

DPR said first phase of Metro by 2018,if work starts in April.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: April 25, 2013 2:32:01 am

Almost five months have passed since the UT Administration submitted the detailed project report (DPR) for the Metro Rail to the Ministry of Urban Development (MUD) for its appraisal,yet a green signal from the MUD is still awaited.

The ministry had filed some queries in February,which the UT has replied to.

Meanwhile,a meeting of the officials of Punjab and Haryana as well as Chandigarh,scheduled to be held in Delhi to discuss the issue has been postponed several times.

However,the project will still not start after the nod as atleast one year will be needed to prepare the ground for the project,which includes shifting underground wires,streetlights and other underground amenities. The Metro is proposed to be underground within sectoral grid of Chandigarh.

The calculations on the basis of which DPR has been prepared including number of passengers and vehicular traffic are based on the premise that the first phase of the Metro will become operational by 2018.

UT Finance Secretary V K Singh sais,“The MUD is appraising the report. The meeting with officials of Punjab and Haryana is expected to take place soon. Following the meetin,future course of action be decided.”

In the first phase two corridors of Metro have been proposed. The North-South corridor would extend from Capitol Complex to Gurdwara Shaheeda,while the East-West corridor would be from Transport Area in Mohali to Grain Market in Panchkula.

Five months and counting

The detailed project report (DPR) for the city’s metro was prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and submitted to UT Administration in August,2012. As per the DPR,the first phase of the Metro is proposed to be completed by April 2018,if construction started in April this year.

Demarcation completed

The Engineering Department of the UT Administration has completed the process of physical demarcation of the Metro route and preparation of the layout plans. Officials state that these would be authenticated by DMRC officials. As per the DPR,79 families are likely to be affected due to the Metro.

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