CHANDIGARH (Metro Rail News): A month after receiving the comprehensive mobility plan (CMP), the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has approved the Tricity metro project. The project, designed to address the burgeoning traffic chaos in the Tricity region of Chandigarh, Mohali, and Panchkula, is expected to boost the area’s transportation infrastructure.
A senior UT official confirmed the approval: “We have received a nod from the ministry, indicating their support for the project. The ministry had instructed Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) in phases, which will be submitted for further funding considerations.”
The proposed Tricity metro network, prepared by RITES, spans approximately 39 kilometres and strategically covers Chandigarh, Mohali, and Panchkula.
The mass rapid transit system (MRTS), which is expected to cost roughly 10,570 crores, will comprise metro lines and bus terminals, depots, and upgrades at important junctions, among other features.
The comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) put up by RITES for Tricity had previously received in-principle approval from Chandigarh, Haryana, and Punjab in April of this year. In its final network, the metro network would connect Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Zirakpur, New Chandigarh, and Pinjore in two phases.
The initial phase, scheduled for development between 2027 and 2037, will witness the construction of metro lines connecting Sarangpur to Panchkula ISBT, Rock Garden to Zirakpur ISBT via Mohali Industrial Area and the airport, as well as Grain Market Chowk (Sector 39) to Transport Nagar (Sector 26).
Further, the second phase, scheduled to begin in 2037, would extend the metro lines to include routes from Panchkula ISBT to Panchkula Extension, Paraul (New Chandigarh) to Sarangpur, Zirakpur ISBT to Pinjore ISBT, and Airport Chowk to Manakpur Kallar.
The comprehensive mobility plan, assigned to RITES Limited in December 2021, aims to ease the challenges and provide a sustainable solution.
It is worth noting that RITES had previously recommended the Metro project in its 2009 report. However, eight years later, the Union Home Ministry rejected the proposal in 2017, citing the city’s size and the project’s financial feasibility. Despite the setback, the current approval by the Union Ministry signals a renewed commitment to enhance connectivity and address the pressing transportation needs of the Tricity region.