UT asks DMRC to demarcate Metro route, allay residents’ concerns
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With city residents expressing concern over the proposed acquisition of residential buildings for construction of Metro stations, the UT Administration has asked Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for physical demarcation of the route. The terms and conditions for the same are being worked out.
The detailed project report that was submitted by DMRC includes the plans of the areas where the Metro stations are to be constructed. At some places, residential areas are proposed to be acquired. Residents from various sectors have been visiting the officials of the UT Administration seeking clarity on whether land will be acquired or not.
The Administration wrote to DMRC that the route and stations should be demarcated so that the fears of the residents are allayed. For this, a team from DMRC would come to the city. While the officials of the Administration have been assuring the residents that their houses will not be acquired, it was felt that in case areas are demarcated by DMRC, it would facilitate the process.
An official informed that the terms and conditions are being worked out with DMRC so that a team can come to the city and demarcate the area that is to be acquired. This would put the fears of the residents to rest.
As per the report of DMRC, there are 79 families in the Tricity that would be affected due to construction of Metro. Of these a few would be displaced. Apart from residential buildings, some commercial areas would also be affected. As per the plans, the land that has been recommended for acquisition in residential areas has been specified.
The residents in different sectors in Chandigarh and Panchkula have held several rounds of meetings amongst themselves as well as with the officials. Representations regarding the issue have also been submitted.