The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will give suggestions to make the Metro project for the city financial viable.
A high-level meeting was held here on Monday that was attended by the officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, UT administration and officials from Punjab and Haryana.
In the meeting it was discussed that the Metro was not financially viable and the Punjab and Haryana also need to contribute as the project will benefit them as well.
Chandigarh finance secretary Sarvjit Singh said, “The DMRC will give suggestions how the project can be made feasible.”
Sources in the administration said it was discussed that neighbouring Punjab and Haryana should contribute either in terms of funds or allocate land.
Following the DMRC suggestions, the proposal will be forwarded to the Punjab and Haryana governments for their consent.
The development is significant as local member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher had termed the project unviable. She had said “I don’t think Chandigarh needs Metro. It involves a huge budget.” The administration officials also claim that Metro is not financially viable.
The Union ministry of urban development had sent back the revised detailed project report (DPR) of the Chandigarh Metro Project to the UT administration in November last year.
The administration was directed to take consent of its partners — Punjab and Haryana—before submitting the revised project for consideration.