Metro route takes final shape

Guide Map of Chandigarh

DMRC to make detailed project report, first set of soil samples sent to Jaipur lab for testing

With hectic activity for preparation of the detailed project report for Metro Rail in the city already under way, the final shape of the route that the Metro would take has now emerged. As per the plan, stretches in Chandigarh that witness heavy traffic movement and those which connect it to the neighbouring Panchkula and Mohali are the ones where Metro will be constructed.

The North-South corridor would be from a site near the Capitol Complex near Secretariat, High Court and Rock Garden. It will reach Sector 17 Plaza through UT Secretariat on Jan Marg and then turn towards Sector 22, crossing ISBT in Sector 17.

The Metro would then move on the stretch between Sector 34 and Sector 35 and then reach ISBT Sector 43. It would go up to Aerocity in Mohali. At Aerocity, a terminal station is proposed to be built.

The collection of soil samples on this corridor is going on. Once the collection of samples along the North-South corridor is complete, work would start on the East-West corridor.

This would start from Sector 21 in Panchkula and pass through Sectors12, 12A, 11, 14, 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and 5. From Sector 7 the Metro would take a turn towards the Housing Board lightpoint. This is a 6.5-kilometer stretch. On entering Chandigarh, it would pass through Railway Station, Sector 17, PGI, Sarangpur and reach up to Mullanpur.

The Metro would be underground within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh. Outside the grid, it would be elevated.

The Metro stations would be constructed every one kilometre where Metro is underground and 1.3 kilometre where it is above the ground.

The first set of samples for soil testing for the Metro Rail in Chandigarh were sent for testing on Thursday. The samples have been collected from 13 different places in the city along the North-South corridor proposed for the Metro. The testing of samples would be done at a laboratory in Jaipur.

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