Administration Greenlights the AAR by RITES  for Phase 1 Chandigarh Metro  

Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal representatives attended the UMT Meeting.

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Chandigarh metro (Representational image)
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CHANDIGARH (Metro Rail News): The Chandigarh administration has greenlighted the AAR prepared by RITES, suggesting an 89-long metro Route for Phase 1 of the MRTS Project. 

Unified Metropolitan Transport Meeting 

The meeting was held at the Sector 9 secretariat with Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal representatives, with Chandigarh administrator Banwarilala Purohit presiding over the meeting. The council discussed the proposed plan for the Chandigarh MRTS and the extension of the length of Phase 1 from 79.5 Km to 89 Km. 

Sub-Committee 

A sub-committee has also been set up to look into the location of metro stations in respective states and align them strategically. While the stations must be finalised, the council has agreed to convey the underground and elevated alignments to the MoHUA. 

Phase 1 Corridors  

The proposed 89-km-long Phase 1 of the Chandigarh Metro entails three corridors: 

  1. Paraul (New Chandigarh)-Sarangpur-ISBT Panchkula to Panchkula Extension – 34 km
  2. Rock Garden to Zirakpur ISBT via Industrial Area and Airport- 42 km
  3. Grain Market Chowk, Sector 39, to Transport Chowk, Sector 26- 13 km

Among these, the 3rd Corridor along the Madhya Marg, running from Sector 26 to Sector 39, will be fully elevated. In contrast, the other two will be mostly elevated, with only a few sections underground. 

Phase 2 Corridors  

As per the submitted AOR, Phase 2 of the Chandigarh Metro will be around 25 Km divided into two corridors: 

  1. Airport Chowk to Manakpur Kallar (5 km)
  2. ISBT Zirakpur to Pinjore (20 km)

Development work on Phase 2 will begin only once the development works on the corridors of Phase 1 end by 2034. 

Finance 

The overall estimated cost for the metro corridor is Rs 11,000 Crore, which would be acquired  in the following manner: 

Source Fund (in %) 
Govt of Punjab & Haryana 20
Central Government 20 
Lending 60 

Need 

Chandigarh urgently requires the establishment of a metro rail system due to various factors, including:

1. Elevated Traffic Volume: The substantial increase in vehicles on the roads necessitates an efficient public transportation alternative.

2. Population Surge: The rising population near Chandigarh underscores the need for a convenient and extensive metro network to accommodate the growing commuter demand.

3. Economic Prosperity and Investments: With escalating affluence and heightened investments in Chandigarh, the city benefits significantly from a well-structured metro system.

Anticipating the advent of a robust public transport system, the residents of Chandigarh eagerly await the implementation of a metro service in the city.


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