Chandigarh Metro | After spending Rs 1.5 crores on survey, no work on metro rail project

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Chandigarh: Chandigarh metro rail entangled in files for more than 11 years of spending crores rupees on the survey, will ever come on track? After spending around Rs 1.5 crore on DPR and preparation of surveys, Urban Development Ministry and MP Kirron Kher have questioned its practicality.

Now MP Kirron Kher said that there is no requirement to run metro rail in the City. Earlier, former MP Pawan Bansal also used to argue the same, but now he is advocating Metro Rail due to the increasing traffic problem in the city. Former MP Satpal Jain is also supporting metro rail project in the city.

Kirron Kher not in favour of metro rail in Chandigarh
Kirron Kher Member of Parliament from Chandigarh

In a meeting of the committee held under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in July last year, MP Kher also opposed the metro rail project in Chandigarh. The meeting was also attended by City Administrator VP Singh Bandour and other members. There is no clearance from Urban Development Ministry.

Discussion started in the year 2006 to start metro rail project for Chandigarh. In 2012, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had also prepared a detailed project report (DPR) for Chandigarh Metro rail project. According to the DPR, initial project cost including land cost and tax was estimated to be approximately Rs 10,900 crores. A 37-km metro track was proposed for the city, whereas for Punjab there was a track length of 7.8 km and 6.41 km for Panchkula. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Haryana, Punjab and UT Administration was also signed, but the Ministry of Urban Development has not yet given its approval for the project.

Chandigarh Metro Proposed Route map
Proposed Route Map for Chandigarh Metro Rail Project

Past development in the Chandigarh Metro rail project

  • In 2012, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation prepared a detailed project report (DPR) and handed over to the Administrator of Chandigarh
  • In the presence of Capt. Singh Solanki, the then Administrator of Chandigarh and Governor of Haryana in 2015, Additional Chief Secretary of Haryana and Secretary of the Planning Department P Raghavendra Rao signed the MoU. Secretary, Town and Planning, Punjab, A Venu Prasad, Advisor to Administration, Vijay Kumar Devne, three parties have named a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to execute the project in the form of the Greater Chandigarh Transport Corporation (GCTC)
  • GCTC’s initial equity was fixed at Rs 100 crores, which was to contribute 25 percent equally by Central Government, Administration, Haryana and Punjab.
  • In the first phase, 37.573 km Metro Rail network was to be constructed, in which 23.468 km of at ground level and 14.105 km of underground corridor was to be constructed.
  • Four corridors were fixed for this metro project.

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