The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator,Shivraj Patil,held a review meeting of the Metro Rail project with the officials of the UT Administration. The meeting was held to review the preparations of the meeting of the representatives of Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh at New Delhi on May 21 to discuss the project.
The Administrator has directed the officials to make a presentation highlighting the need for the Metro Rail in Chandigarh.
The details of where the funds will come from will be listed out. The funding has to be shared between Chandigarh,Punjab and Haryana. The total cost of the project is Rs 10,900 crore.
The Administration had a few months ago submitted the reports on the Metro Rail to the Ministry of Urban Development. The Ministry had some queries that were answered by the Administration earlier this year.
UT Adviser K K Sharma said that the meeting on Wednesday was held to review the preparations for the meeting on May 21. The representatives of Punjab and Haryana will also be present.
The report of the Metro Rail was prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and submitted with the UT Administration last year. While Punjab and Haryana had given their consent to pay their share of the funds,a meeting to be held in Delhi has been postponed several times. It is after the meeting is held that the details of the project will be worked out.
The Metro Rail will have two corridors. The North-South corridor will start from a site close to Capitol Complex near Secretariat,High Court and Rock Garden. It will reach Sector 17 Plaza through UT Secretariat on Jan Marg,Sector 22,35,ISBT 43.
After crossing Chandigarh,the Metro will move towards Sohana from where it will take a left turn towards Aerocity in Mohali where a terminal station is proposed to be built.
The other route known as East-West Corridor will start from Sector 21,Panchkula and lead to Railway Station in Chandigarh,Sector 17 Plaza,PGI,Sarangpur and reach up to Mullanpur in Mohali . There will be six trains plying on the North-South corridor. The projected population that is likely to travel on this route is around 1.6 lakh. Meanwhile,there will be 10 trains on the East-West corridor. Around 1.7 lakh people are expected to travel.