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13 of 30 Metro stations hit a wall

chandigarh Updated: May 29, 2013 11:06 IST
Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar
Hindustan Times
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The ambitious Metro rail project may soon see changes in the locations of the metro stations, as 13 of the proposed stations fall too close to educational, commercial and residential buildings.

The list of these structures falling in the proposed Metro Rail route was compiled by the UT engineering department, which completed a survey in this regard last week and submitted the report to higher officials on May 21. As per the detailed project report (DPR), a total of 30 stations have been proposed on the entire metro route.

On the north-south corridor, seven structures, which fall near the proposed metro stations, have been identified. These are Shiv Mandir on Vidya Path, Government College for Girls, Sector 11; Government Home Science College, Sector 10; Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16.

On the east-west corridor, the proposed Metro stations are near Hotel Taj, Aroma roundabout and a residential area in Sector 22. Similarly, The All-India Radio station campus in Sector 34 and residential areas in sectors 34 and 44D also fall near proposed metro stations. The next course of action would be decided after a meeting of senior officials. A source said the UT administration department will write to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for making minor changes in the location of the stations falling close to the buildings.

Despite repeated attempt, UT finance secretary was not available for comment.

The authorities had decided to conduct the survey after the completion of physical demarcation of the Metro rail route and receiving several representations from residents of different sectors, expressing apprehension about acquisition of their residential or commercial properties.

The detailed project report (DPR) says that nearly 70 families in the tricity would be affected due to the construction of the Metro rail. Wooden pegs were installed on both lines that the Metro Rail would take.

UT fine with Haryana's decision on investing in equity
The UT administration is fine with the decision of Haryana government to partner with Chandigarh in the Metro rail project. Senior officials said the administration had no problem, but the final decision would be taken after consulting Punjab. The total length of the project covering Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar is 37.57km with an estimated cost of Rs 10,900 crore, which would be shared between the Centre, UT administration and governments of Punjab and Haryana.

Proposed Metro stations30
Proposed stations to be shifted13

Some of the structures near the proposed stations
Hotel Taj, AIR campus in Sector 34, residential areas in sectors 22, 34 and 44, Government College for Girls, Sector 11; Government Home Science College, Sector 10; Institution of Engineers (India), Sector 18