With an estimated cost of the project Rs 10,900cr and proposed city track of 37 km along with amount spent on DPR survey, which was Rs1.5 cr, has ended up in being shut down recently.
11 years of spending crores of rupees on a study and a survey, the fate of the much-hyped Tricity Metro project has been sealed with the Home MinisterтАЩs Advisory Committee deciding that the project is not commercially feasible for the city.
Sources of Tribune India said that in the minutes of a meeting of the committee held on July 27 in Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which was attended by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Bandore and other members, it was mentioned that the project had been deliberated upon at length and it was decided that the Metro project for Chandigarh was not commercially feasible.
According to sources of Tribune India, there was a detailed discussion on the Metro and a difference of opinion emerged between Sanjay Tandon, city BJP president, and Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, at the meeting over the issue. While Tandon favored the Metro, Kher stated the project to be not feasible.
Kher said that the Metro is not going to benefit the residents and so the present need is for improving other modes of transportation. On the contrary, Tandon said that he supported the Metro project keeping in mind the traffic congestion that would increase on roads in the coming 20 years from now.
Initial work on the project started in 2006. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) prepared a detailed project report (DPR) for the project in 2012. According to the DPR, the initial project cost, including the land cost and taxes, was estimated to be around Rs 10,900 crore. A 37-km Metro track was proposed for the city while a track length of 7.8 km was planned for Punjab and 6.41 km for Panchkula(HR). A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between states of Haryana, Punjab and the UT Administration, but the Ministry of Urban Development has not given its approval for the project yet. After spending nearly Rs 1.5 crore on preparing the DPR and the survey, the Ministry of Urban Development has raised questions over its feasibility.
Our Take on the matter
Our take is that Chandigarh is one of the best cities in India in terms of standard of living, availability of basic facilities like schools, hospitals, shops, etc, which in turn attracts a lot of people from outside to come to Chandigarh and settle down. This definitely demands for alternatives when you have to serve and handle such an ever increasing population. Projects like Metro, if brought into public and are aimed to benefit the residents while saving the environment, must be planned properly and implemented within a definite time frame. There is no point on wasting crores of rupees into planning a project which will only be later end up existing only on paper.
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Source: Tribune India