Chandigarh MetroAfter Kolkata, Delhi and Bengaluru, the Chandigarh is the next city that will have metro services. Chandigarh Metro is in planning stage right now and is meant to serve the residents of Chandigarh with quickest mode of communication to travel from one part of the city to the other. A detailed project report about the Chandigarh Metro Project is submitted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to the Punjab Governor and Union Territory administrator somewhere in the middle of 2012 so that the project could be started very soon.
Why need Chandigarh Metro?As numbers of people are increasing and they are becoming affluent, numbers of vehicles have been increasing noticeably. Chandigarh City has the highest per capita income out of all cities of India. Not only Chandigarh but the surrounding towns are also witnessing heavy increase in population thereby lots of pressure get created on the public transport system of Chandigarh and around.
As required numbers of public transport system is not available and the quality of public transport system is not very good, most of the people try to use their personal transport system which leads to road congestion and people have to spend hours in traveling even a small distance.
With more numbers of vehicles on the road, environment pollution is high in Chandigarh City. Road space is enough in Chandigarh City but what is important is to use the space judiciously. Many important city junctions of Chandigarh e.g. Madhya Marg, Himalaya Marg, Udyogpath, Jan Marg etc have high traffic volumes and traffic situations of these places cannot be controlled well. Due to heavy traffic in the city, parking is also a problem. All these problems have led to the proposal of Metro Railway Project in Chandigarh.
Chandigarh Metro Plan
As per to the proposal plan, a 37.573 km metro rail network would be built of which 23.468 km would be elevated and 14.105 km underground Corridor. It would start near Capitol Complex to Mohali. Corridor II, also known as East West Corridor, would start from Sector 21, Panchkula and last station will be Mullanpur.
Routes Of Chandigarh Metro Project:The various routes proposed within the Chandigarh Metro Project are as follows:
Corridor 1: Khuda Lahora to IT Park via Punjab University, PGI, Government College, General Hospital, Sector 17- Interchange, Sector 8, Sector 7, Sector 26, Grain Market, Transport Nagar, Chandigarh Railway Station, Manimajra, covering a distance of approximately 16.00 km.
Corridor 1: Khuda Lahora to IT Park via Punjab University, PGI, Government College, General Hospital, Sector 17- Interchange, Sector 8, Sector 7, Sector 26, Grain Market, Transport Nagar, Chandigarh Railway Station, Manimajra, covering a distance of approximately 16.000 km.
Corridor II: Sectt. Sector 1 Chandigarh to Bus terminal Sector 104 S.A.S Nagar, Mohali, via Rock Garden, Sector 9, Sector 17 interchange, Sector 17 ISBT, Sector 22-Aroma Hotel Sector 34, Bus Terminal Sector 43, Sector 52, Mohali Sector 62, Sector 60, Sector 72, Sector 71, Sector 75, Sector 76, Sector 77, Sector 78, Sector 87, Sector 97, Sector 106, Sector 105 covering a distance of 22 km.
Corridor III : Timber Market Chowk Sector 26 to Sector 38 and Dadu Majra along Purv Marg and Vikas Marg covering a distance of approximately 14.6 km.
Corridor – IV: Housing Board Chowk to Sector 21 Panchkula, via Panchkula Sector 17,16,15,14, & 21 covering a distance of 5 km.