The way for the Metro project in Tricity is now completely clear. Along with Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab have also agreed to join the project with some suggestions. Due to the increasing traffic pressure in Tricity, there was a churning on the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) Metro project for many years. In a high-level meeting chaired by Dharampal, Advisor to the UT Administrator, attended by officials from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and other departments on Wednesday, all the stakeholders agreed to the Metro project.
The final Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) incorporating the suggestions of the stakeholders will now be sent to the Center for approval within a week. In the meeting on Wednesday, the Final Comprehensive Mobility Plan was approved by all the stakeholders with some modifications.
In the meeting, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, on behalf of Punjab suggested to connect Rajpura with NH-64/PR-7 junction. He also suggested the inclusion of MRTS routes from Padaul, New Chandigarh to Sarangpur, Chandigarh in Phase-I.
The Government of Punjab had also sent its comments regarding the CMP to the Chandigarh Administration, which have been suitably incorporated in the final CMP report after examination.
Meanwhile, the director of Haryana Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (HMRTC) suggested that the corridor from Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk (ISBT Panchkula) to Panchkula Extension be included in Phase-I instead of Phase-II. He also suggested modifying the MRTS corridor to connect Sector-20 Panchkula.
Dharampal, advisor to the UT Administrator, directed RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) to incorporate the suggestions of Punjab and Haryana in the final report.
The final CMP report submitted by RITES on Wednesday was unanimously approved by all the stakeholders with these suggestions. The revised report will now be submitted by the Government of India within a week for further approval. The meeting was attended by senior officials from Punjab, Haryana, Civil Aviation, Air Force Authority, Railway Authority and all other stakeholders.
Instructions to make RITES AAR
Dharampal also directed RITES to start work on preparation of Alternative Analysis Report (AAR) and Detailed Project Report (DPR) for MRTS in Chandigarh Tricity.