Chandigarh: The financial and technical aspects of the detailed project report (DPR) of the Chandigarh Metro project prepared in 2012 will be the only key subjects to be revised in a detailed manner.
The administration has sent the report to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for its detailed revision. It will then be sent to the cabinet for its nod.
The DPR of any project of the size of Metro should not be older than six months. If it is so, it needs revision before going for the cabinet’s approval, sources said, implying the changes are not only crucial but also mandatory to start the project with fresh calculations.
UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh says, “Both financial and technology-related aspects are crucial in the revision of the DPR of the project. Since the current DPR is of 2012, there may be changes as far as financial aspects are concerned. As new technologies are being introduced, this aspect will also be looked into. We are hoping the revision will be done as soon as possible to start the next round of exercises.”
Sources say traffic congestion, population and vehicle pressure among others are the other core issues but were covered in the current DPR on an yearly basis by keeping the future growth in the mind. “So, there is no need to touch these areas much as projections of such details are already mentioned,” they add.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted the detailed project report of the Chandigarh Metro Project to Punjab Governor and UT administrator Shivraj Patil on 16 August 2012.
On 9 July 2015, in the presence of Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is the Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh as well as the Governor of Haryana, the MoU was signed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Town and Country Planning Department, P Raghavendra Rao, the Secretary, Town and Planning, Punjab, A Venu Prasad, and the UT Adviser, Vijay Kumar Dev. As part of the MoU, the three parties also named the special purpose vehicle (SPV) to execute the project as the Greater Chandigarh Transport Corporation (GCTC) for the development of comprehensive integrated multi-modal urban and sub-urban commuter system for the region. The initial equity of the GCTC shall be Rs 100 crore, which will be contributed equally — 25 per cent each — by the Union Ministry of Urban Development, the UT Administration, Haryana and Punjab.
In the first phase, a 37.573 km metro rail network will be built of which 23.468 km will be elevated and 14.105 km underground Corridor. It will run from north to south. It will start near Capitol Complex and will go up to Mohali. Corridor II, also known as East West Corridor, will start from Sector 21, Panchkula and reach up to Mullanpur.
The proposed routes for the various corridors of the metro network are as follows:
- Corridor 1: Khuda Lahora to IT Park via Punjab University, PGI, Government College, General Hospital, Sector 17- Interchange, Sector 8, Sector 7, Sector 26, Grain Market, Transport Nagar, Chandigarh Railway Station, Manimajra, covering a distance of approximately 16.00 km.
- Corridor II: Sectt. Sector 1 Chandigarh to Bus terminal Sector 104 S.A.S Nagar, Mohali, via Rock Garden, Sector 9, Sector 17 interchange, Sector 17 ISBT, Sector 22-Aroma Hotel Sector 34, Bus Terminal Sector 43, Sector 52, Mohali Sector 62, Sector 60, Sector 72, Sector 71, Sector 75, Sector 76, Sector 77, Sector 78, Sector 87, Sector 97, Sector 106, Sector 105 covering a distance of 22 km.
- Corridor III : Timber Market Chowk Sector 26 to Sector 38 and Dadu Majra along Purv Marg and Vikas Marg covering a distance of approximately 14.6 km.
- Corridor – IV: Housing Board Chowk to Sector 21 Panchkula, via Panchkula Sector 17,16,15,14, & 21 covering a distance of 5 km.