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Process yet to start in Mohali and Panchkula
The process of physical demarcation of the Metro Rail alignment has started in the city, with the rail route being marked.
Wooden pegs are being installed on the route that the Metro Rail will take. Once the pegs are installed, officials from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be called for inspection. After the alignment is approved by them, milestones will be installed along the route.
The exercise for demarcation was started after residents from different sectors gave representations to the administration expressing concern about the likelihood of their houses coming in the way of the Metro stations. As per the Detailed Project Report of the Metro, apart from government land, some stretches in the residential areas would also be acquired. In order to allay fears of the residents and know the ground reality, the administration decided to get physical demarcation done.
As per the DMRC report, there are 79 families in the Tricity that will be affected due to construction of Metro. A few of these will be displaced. Apart from residential buildings, some commercial areas will also be affected.
An official of the UT Administration said that the process was likely to be completed within a fortnight. "Work for demarcation is simultaneously being undertaken along both the corridors. Once it is completed, officials from DMRC will be asked to inspect the route. Then the milestones will be installed," he said.
Metro Rail would pass through two corridors. The North-South corridor would extend from Capitol Complex to Gurdwara Shaheeda and the East-West corridor from Transport Terminus in Mullanpur to Grain Market in Panchkula. A total of 30 Metro stations are to be constructed in the Tricity. Within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh, these would be underground while outside the grid the stations would be elevated. In Mohali and Panchkula, the Metro is elevated.