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Chandigarh metro project dropped on untenable grounds: Pawan Bansal

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday had put brakes on the much touted Metro rail project for Chandigarh and asked the officers of UT administration to look for alternative modes of transport.

punjab Updated: Jul 30, 2017 09:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Former union minister and Chandigarh MP Pawan Kumar Bansal (HT File Photo)

Former union minister and city MP Pawan Kumar Bansal criticised the decision to drop metro project for Chandigarh.

He said the metro project has been dropped on untenable grounds and cited that the traffic in Chandigarh was growing manifold with the addition of 10,000 motor vehicles in a little over 3 months’ period.

“While the present population is about 12 lakhs, a large number of daily commuters travel to the city from Kharar, Panchkula and Zirakpur. Students and office goers commute even from Sirhind, Morinda and also Ambala to Panjab University and different colleges and offices,” he said.

Bansal said in such a situation metro covering Chandigarh and an area falling within 15 kilometers radius was the need. “It’s a pity that while the project has been abandoned no other mass rapid transport system has been offered for the tricity and immediate area beyond its limits, which contribute to city’s floating population and the concomitant increase of traffic and pressure on the city roads,” he said.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday had put brakes on the much touted Metro rail project for Chandigarh and asked the officers of UT administration to look for alternative modes of transport. The issue came up for discussion during home minister’s advisory committee meeting held in New Delhi.

Member of Parliament Kirron Kher had opposed the project too. The metro train project was to cover Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkla covering 37.5 km.

Metro will benefit tricity residents: Panchkula MLA

Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta on Friday said the metro project was the need of the hour. “The city has expanded with people from places such as Panchkula, Pinjore and Kalka on one side and Nayagaon, Mohali and Kharar on the other side visiting the city for work daily.”

“Moreover, hundreds of vehicles are being added every month due to which the city has been witnessing traffic jams. So we need to plan keeping in mind the requirement of the next 15-20 years,” he said.

“The metro would not only benefit the residents of Chandigarh, but also aid the residents of the tricity,” he added.

First Published: Jul 29, 2017 18:56 IST