CHANDIGARH: After a year's inertia, Metro rail project is finally making some progress as work on the detailed project report is set to begin soon. A team of experts from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) would be in Chandigarh on Thursday to discuss terms of reference for working out details of the five main corridors.
Though RITES submitted the comprehensive mobility plan for mass rapid transit system in July 2009, in January 2010 UT had decided to hire DMRC for planning intricate details like exact location of stations and routes.
Meanwhile, senior UT officials have decided to begin work on the bus rapid transit system and traffic management steps suggested by RITES so that work on Metro rail could begin soon after the project report is ready.
The five Metro corridors to be constructed would include a 5-km stretch into Panchkula and another 12-km link for Mohali residents. These would connect Chandigarh's Sector 52 with Mohali's Sector 104. The other three corridors would be Khuda Lahora-IT Park on Madhya Marg, Sector 1-ISBT 43-Sector 52 on Himalya Marg and Sector 26-Sector 38-Dadu Majra, covering Purva Marg and Vikas Marg.
A large network of medium-level mass transport system will be provided to cover areas beyond the Metro network and on overloaded corridors.
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