Punjab deputy chief minister(CM) Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday put the Ludhiana Metro project on fast track and designated Ludhiana Commissioner as managing director of Ludhiana Metro for time bound completion of the project that is set to put Ludhiana on the international business radar.
Presiding over a high level meeting here on Sunday night to review the progress of Ludhiana metro, Badal said the SAD-BJP government was committed to solve the lingering traffic snarls in industrial city Ludhiana and his dream project of Ludhiana metro had to be completed within five years.
Going into the details of route plan of the upcoming metro, Badal instructed the authority that as the land required for the execution of the project had to be provided by the state government we had to ensure that there was minimal displacement of people across the city for the execution of the project.
He said "We must lay emphasis on executing the underground metro corridor, especially in densely populated areas, even though it would be quite capital-intensive as compared to fully or partly elevated corridor".
Sukhbir said that for the Ludhiana Metro Rail Project, Corridor-I would be 15.798-km-long and would run from Ayali Chowk on Ferozepur Road to BBMB Power House on the Chandigarh Road. It would have a total of 14 stations (10 elevated and four underground).
Ludhiana deputy Commissioner informed that 13,035-km long Corridor-II would start from Gill village and end at the Rahon Road octroi post and this corridor would have 13 stations (six elevated and seven underground).
Punjab government had decided that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) would be its official consultant for turning the project into reality.
A special purpose vehicle, the Ludhiana Metro Rail Corporation, would be established to co-ordinate the requisite process/measures to pursue the project.
The deputy CM said the state government had already tied up various loose ends of this project and steps were being taken for early execution of this project. He stressed upon the need for involving Ludhiana residents in process as their involvement would fasten the implementation of the project.