Haryana, Punjab to share Chandigarh Metro Project cost

Chandigarh, Jan 14 (PTI) Haryana and Punjab today agreedto share the cost of preparation of the Detailed ProjectReport (DPR) of Chandigarh Metro Rail Project with theUnion Territory administration.

The officials of the three states met here today as partof their efforts to make a Detailed Project Report (DPR) forthe 19km line, including seven kms underground, from Sector 15in Panchkula in Haryana to Sarangpur in Punjab through variouslocalities of Chandigarh.

An official spokesman said after the meeting that both thestates agreed to the sharing of the cost for the preparationof the Detailed Project Report. Under this, 50 per cent of thecost will be borne by the U.T. Administration and 25 per centeach by Punjab and Haryana. (more) PTI AKA

The officials also agreed that the cost of the project shall be shared between U.T. Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana asper the actual kilometers being laid in their respectiveterritories. The actual cost would be known after thepreparation of the DPR.

Haryana and Punjab governments requested that the proposedMetro line should be extended till Sector 20 and Mullanpur inthe two states respectively as these areas were gettingthickly populated, the spokesman said.

Home Secretary of Chandigarh Ram Niwas said that as perthe proposal of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which isplanning the project, the line will run from Sector 15,Panchkula to Sarangpur via Sector-5 (Panchkula), DhillonComplex, Chandigarh Railway Station, Transport Nagar, Sector19, Chandigarh, PGI and Panjab University. .

To ensure proper coordination between the governments and the agencies, nodal officers were also appointed for therespective states. The Senior Town Planner, Panchkula, wasdesignated as the nodal officer for government of Haryanaand the Chief Administrator, Greater Mohali Area DevelopmentAuthority (GMADA), Punjab, will be the nodal officers inrespect of the government of Punjab.

The spokesman said that DMRC will be asked to commencework on the preparation of the DPR immediately after takinginto consideration the extensions in the proposed lines assuggested by Punjab and Haryana.

Among those who attended the meeting included Adviser toAdministrator, Chandigarh Pradip Mehra, Chief Secretaries ofHaryana and Punjab Urvashi Gulati and S C Aggarwal and seniorofficers of the three states, DMRC and RITES.

New Delhi, Jan 13 (PTI) More south Delhi residentswill come under the Metro network from tomorrow with DMRCopening the five-km Sarita Vihar�Badarpur section of thetransit system.

This stretch comprises three elevated stations --Mohan Estate, Tughlakabad and Badarpur.

"The section will be thrown open to public tomorrow.

The statutory safety clearance, necessary for opening theline, was accorded to it by the Commissioner for Metro RailSafety (CMRS) R K Kardam today," a Metro official said.

The opening of the stretch will be of great benefit tothe commuters of south Delhi localities such as Mohan Estate,Tughlakabad and Kalindi Kunj as well as the satellite town ofFaridabad in Haryana, which is adjacent to Badarpur.

The footfall of the entire Central Secretariat�Badarpur corridor is expected to increase by another one lakhafter the opening of the section.

Currently, the total footfall on the CentralSecretariat�Sarita Vihar corridor is approximately 1.25 lakh.

Four additional standard gauge trains with a peak hourfrequency of four minutes will be pressed into service,thereby, increasing the total number of trains to 20 forcatering to the increased rush on the corridor.

Presently, 16 trains are providing Metro services tothe commuters between the Central Secretariat and Sarita Viharcorridor.

With the opening of this stretch, the CentralSecretariat � Badarpur corridor will now be 20.16 kilometreslong with 16 Metro stations.

The DMRC will now have a total operational Metronetwork of approximately 161 kilometres with 135 metrostations.

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