India: Chandigarh-Panchkula-Mohali Metro Gathers Steam

New Delhi, June 8 -- Moving closer to have its own Metro connecting Chandigarh to Panchkula and Mohali with elevated and underground tracks by 2021 and 2041, the Chandigarh administration recently submitted project's detailed project report (DPR) to the Union Urban Development Ministry for its consideration.

To be completed in two phases, the 65-km long project will have an estimated cost of '12,362 crore and is expected to ease traffic woes in the tri-city.

A Ministry official said the 44.8-km route will stretch from Mani Majra-ITO Park to Dadi Majra, having two corridors to be completed by 2021. The second phase, covering 19.5 km and connecting Panchkula to Mohali, has 2041 as a target date for completion.

According to the DPR, funded by Central and State Governments in an 80:20 ratio, phase I and II projects will cost the exchequer '9,632 crore and '273 crore, respectively. The DPR has proposed unit cost at '140 crore per km for the elevated track and '350 crore for the underground Metro track.

As a part of the compatibility mobility plan (CMP), RITES has also submitted a '1,868-crore project for building bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors on Chandigarh's high-density road traffic points on the pattern of Delhi.

Sources said that the Ministry is reviewing the DPR from RITES, which had received '56 lakh for preparing the report of the project. In the study the administration has been advised to develop Metro rail as well two BRT corridors for the convenience of the passengers from Haryana to Ambala, Pinjore, Kalka, Khaddar.

The official from the Union Urban Development said other cities where metro service was being planned include Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kolkata (second line), Hyderabad, Jaipur and Kochi.

The unit cost per km would be '350 crore for the underground Metro and '140 crore for the elevated metro. The unit cost per km for the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRT) suggested by RITES was '15 crore. Published by HT Syndication with permission from Pioneer. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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