The Punjab and Haryana governments, along with representatives of the Chandigarh administration, have given the green light to the first phase of the Tricity Metro Project. During a meeting of the 23-member Unified Metro Transportation Authority (UMTA), it was decided to expand the scope of the project’s first phase from 66 km to 77 km. The project aims to significantly improve public transportation in the Chandigarh Tricity region.
Expanded Scope and Phases of Tricity Metro Project:
The first phase of the Tricity Metro Project will now cover a total distance of 77 km, beginning from Parol in New Chandigarh (Mohali) and concluding at Panchkula Extension in Sector 20. The project is set to be developed between 2027 and 2037. Three routes have been identified for the first phase, with Chandigarh having a 35 km network, Panchkula with 11 km, and Mohali/New Chandigarh with 31 km.
Planned Routes for the First Phase:
The first phase will see the Metro network being developed on the following routes:
- Parol, Sarangpur, ISBT Panchkula to Panchkula Extension (29 km)
- Rock Garden to ISBT Zirakpur via Industrial Area and Chandigarh Airport (35 km)
- From Grain Market Chowk, Sector 39, to Transport Chowk, Sector 26 (13 km)
Future Developments in the Second Phase:
The second phase of the Tricity Metro Project will be implemented after 2037, featuring the following routes:
- Airport Chowk to Manakpur Kallar (5 km)
- ISBT Zirakpur to Pinjore (20 km)
RITES Assigned for Project Reports: During the meeting, it was unanimously decided to assign the task of preparing a detailed project report (DPR) and an annual analysis report to RITES. The DPR, expected to be ready by March 2024, is estimated to cost approximately Rs 6.54 crore. Upon completion of the DPR, the authorities will seek the necessary permissions to initiate the construction phase.
Estimated Project Cost and Funding:
The overall project is estimated to cost around Rs 10,570 crore. The financing for the project will be divided, with 20% covered by each state, 20% by the central government, and the remaining 60% financed by a lending agency.
The approval of the Tricity Metro Project’s first phase and the extension of its scope mark significant milestones in the development of improved public transportation in the Chandigarh Tricity region. With a comprehensive plan in place and assigned responsibilities to RITES, the project is set to transform the transportation landscape and enhance connectivity for the residents of Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali.