HARYANA (Metro Rail News): The Haryana government has proposed a personalized, cost-effective rapid transport system based on Pod cars in order to provide faster connectivity between the new terminal building which is located in Mohali, and the old Chandigarh International Airport terminal. Haryana Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal presented the Pod car proposal in a recent meeting which was called by Punjab Governor-cum Chandigarh Administrator Banwari Lal Purohit and attended by senior officers from Haryana and Chandigarh.
The proposal will reduce the long road trips and presently residents of Chandigarh, Panchkula, and some areas of Mohali currently will be benefitted.
Chandigarh International Airport Limited is a joint venture between the governments of Punjab and Haryana and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) incorporated under the Companies Act of 2013.
The runway of the airport is in Chandigarh, and the international terminal is in the village of Jhiurheri, Mohali which is on the south side of the runway.
He said that the current connectivity to the International terminal is such that passengers coming from Himachal Pradesh, Panchkula, and Ambala side International Airport have to cover a longer distance to reach the new international terminal.
Sanjeev Kaushal said that Haryana Metro Rail transport Corporation (HMRTC), a wholly-owned company of the Haryana Government, under Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran, has proposed a Pod car system to connect the old Airport terminal to the new Airport terminal which is cost-effective, convenient and requires only about 6 acres of land along the boundary of Chandigarh International Airport.
Road connectivity along the boundary wall of the IAF station was also proposed after clearing all obstructions within its 100 meters. This would have reduced the distance by 8-9 km. However, it involves the acquisition as well as the demolition of illegal construction. Due to this & various other reasons the road connectivity projects also hang in the air, said the Haryana government statement.