Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday put the Ludhiana Metro project on fast track and designated Ludhiana municipal commissioner as managing director of Ludhiana Metro for time-bound completion of the project.
Presiding over a review meeting on the project's progress here on Saturday night, Sukhbir said the dream project of the SAD-BJP government would have to be completed in five years.
Going into the details of the route plan, he instructed the authorities to assure minimal displacement of people and harassment during land acquisition and other activities.
The emphasis in the meeting was laid on executing the underground Metro corridor, especially in densely populated areas, even though it would be quite capital intensive as compared to the fully or partly elevated corridor.
The Ludhiana Metro Rail Project, Corridor-1, will be 15.8-km-long, from Ayali Chowk on Ferozepur Road to BBMB Power House on Chandigarh Road. It will have 14 stations (10 elevated and four underground).
Corridor-2 will be 13-km-long, from Gill village to Rahon Road octroi post, and will have 13 stations (six elevated and seven underground).
HT had earlier reported that the Punjab government had roped in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as the official consultant for the project.