Haryana Metro: People OF Panchkula, Chandigarh And Mohali Are Going To Have Fun
During the meeting, an alternative route was suggested for the first phase of Metro from Chandigarh Housing Board Chowk to Panjab University, PGI and Airport. Additionally, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar proposed to connect Pinjore-Kalka with Chandigarh via Metro. He also suggested for increasing the spread of the Metro to include the Ghaggar river and areas of new Panchkula. In addition, he recommended connecting Zirakpur to Pinjore-Kalka to improve traffic facilities in Chandigarh.
Major areas to be covered in first phase of Metro
Khattar said connecting the Haryana Civil Secretariat, Vidhansabha, Punjab and Haryana High Court, PGI and airport with the Metro will reduce traffic congestion. He suggested that all these routes should be included in the first phase of the Metro.
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Apart from Haryana CM Manohar Lal, Punjab Tourism Minister Anmol Gagan Mann and Chandigarh Mayor Anoop Gupta attended the meeting. However, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher did not attend the meeting. DS Dhesi, Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister, Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department, Arun Gupta and Punjab officials also attended the meeting.
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Comprehensive Mobility Plan
Apart from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula will also benefit from the Comprehensive Mobility Plan approved in the meeting. The plan includes the framework of the metro project and the improvement of road traffic in the three cities. After the consensus is reached in the meeting, the plan will be sent to the Central Government for final approval. Work on the plan will start as soon as approval is received.
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In view of the security concerns, elaborate security arrangements were made at the Secretariat by the Chandigarh Police-Administration. Inspectors of security wing along with DSP had reached to maintain order. The first floor of the Secretariat was accessible only to the posted personnel.
The Comprehensive Mobility Plan, which includes the outline of the Metro project and road improvements in the tricity, was approved in a meeting chaired by Punjab Governor BL Purohit. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 10,570 crore, with the maximum expenditure on the metro being Rs 7,680 crore. Work on the scheme will start as soon as the approval of the central government is received.