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Chandigarh : As the much-debated Metro for Chandigarh is yet to take off on the ground, the Chandigarh Administration is now considering plying trams in the city and on its periphery. The trams would ply on the routes that have not been found feasible for the Metro project.Officials in the Administration said the tram project would improve the public transport system in the city. The Administration has already made a provision of Rs 10 crore in the annual budget for studying the tram project. “By running trams on the non-metro routes, we would completely integrate the public transport network. The proposed trams would not disturb the Metro lines, but the system will act as a feeder at certain points,” said a senior official.The tram project would cost around Rs 50 crore per km and discussions with the experts are already on. Sources said the project would be a step towards... Read more...
upgrading the public transport in the system. A detailed project report would be prepared shortly and high-speed trams with air-conditioned coaches and modern facilities would be procured.The main purpose behind the project is to encourage the residents of the city to use the public transport. About 40 per cent of the population uses the private transport in developed cities, but the figure here is about 80 per cent.On the issue of Metro, an official said the project would begin in 2013 and the residents would be able to avail themselves of the facility from 2018. The project will be built at a cost of Rs 8,388 crore.The first route of the Metro will cover Mullanpur, Sarangpur, Khuda Lahora, PGI, Sectors 16, 9, 7, 26, Timber Market in Sector 26, Chandigarh Railway Station, Housing Board Chowk, Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula, HUDA office, City Centre, Panchkula bus stand, Sector 14 of Panchkula and the Grain Market of Sector 20, Panchkula.The second route will have the Capitol Complex, Sectors 9,17, 22 near the Aroma lightpoint, Sectors 34, 43, 52, Sector 62 and 70 of Mohali and Gurdwara Shahidan.Different proposals to upgrade public transport have been mooted by officials. But most have been shelved after the officials on deputation return to their parent states. In 2005, the UT Administration had also proposed to run a monorail in the city and on its periphery. HC informed The UT Administration has also informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court through an affidavit about the proposal of running trams in the city. In the affidavit, the UT Administration has sought time from the High Court to complete the city master plan.