CHANDIGARH: To make sure that the proposed Metro Rail system does not add to the existing parking chaos in the city, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has ruled out creation of parking lots at Metro stations.
The facility would, however, be available at the last stations in Panchkula and Mohali.The elevated portion of the tube system will have stations at every one kilometre, while in the underground portion it will be at an average distance of 1.2 km. The alignments and station plan will be got approved by the Punjab and Haryana governments too, so that there is no problem in the implementation of the project.
As per the plan, parking space wouldn’t be allocated at all stations planned in the city as it would add to the chaos.
“The Metro system will be integrated with air- conditioned bus service, which will take passengers to their doorstep, besides catering to areas near the station. However, there is scope for having parking facilities outside the city,” said an official.
The first route will run from the north of the city to the city’s south. It will start from a site close to the capitol complex near the secretariat, and pass from near the high court and Rock Garden in the north and reach Sector 17 plaza through UT Secretariat on Jan Marg, sectors 22 and 35, ISBT, Sector 43 and go up to Aerocity in Mohali. In Mohali, it will cover the City Centre.
The other route known as east-west corridor will start from Sector 21, Panchkula and lead to the railway station, Chandigarh, Sector 17 plaza, PGI, Sarangpur and reach up to Mullanpur.
The detailed project report being prepared by DMRC is likely to be submitted shortly. Apart from the detailed alignments of the routes, it would also suggest a financial model for the project.