The UT administration has started a survey to identify structures, residential and institutional, falling in the proposed alignment Metro rail route required to be demolished.
The exercise has been initiated after the completion of physical demarcation of the Metro rail route, which started on January 28. The responsibility of conducting survey has been given to a team headed by a sub-divisional engineer. The team has been directed to complete the survey and submit details after physical inspection of the same in a prescribed time frame of one week.
According to sources, the authorities will be in position to know the exact number of buildings which need to be demolished only after the completion of the survey.
To ensure that minimum damage is done, the administration is laying emphasis on finding a way out with re-planning. “We hope that there will be no need to demolish any structure. If any problem arises, we will look to sort it out by the way of re-planning,” UT finance secretary VK Singh said.
The administration undertook the task of demarcation after receiving several representations from the residents of different sectors expressing apprehension about acquisition of their residential/commercial areas.
According to the detailed project report (DPR), around 70 families in the tricity will be affected due to the construction of Metro rail.
Wooden pegs have been installed on both lines that the Metro rail will take. The process of demarcation is yet to start in Panchkula and SAS Nagar.
The total length of Metro rail project covering Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar is 37.57 km. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 10,900 crore, which will provide benefits of more than Rs 11,000 crore by the year 2026. The cost of the project will be shared among the Centre, Chandigarh administration and governments of Punjab and Haryana. The first phase is expected to be operational by 2018.
The corridor 1 measuring 12.497 km will stretch from Capitol Complex building Gurdwara Singh Saheed, while the second corridor of 5.076 km will stretch from transport terminus to the grain market in Sector 26.
Last year, the administration had submitted the DPR to the ministry of urban development for approval. The ministry had asked the administration whether they had obtained approval from the stakeholder states - Punjab and Haryana. Recently, the Punjab cabinet gave nod to the Metro rail project, clearing the deck for linking Chandigarh with SAS Nagar.
Though Haryana has agreed in principle for the project, is yet to give its approval in writing. Punjab, Haryana and UT officials will soon hold a meeting to discuss the project in detail.