By JIT Mukherjii
Chandigarh, May 25th :With the state government writing to the Central government for providing them the funds for starting the metro project, city residents’ dream may come real, said deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday.
The private company that had conducted a feasibility survey in the city had submitted an estimate cost of Rs 9,000 crore with expenditure of Rs 200 crore per kilometre for the city’s 29-kilometre line. The matter came to light when in order to check the feasibility of starting the service in city, a team of Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) comprising joint general manager RG Sharma and executive engineer (XEN) Sreeniwas visited the city in September 2009.
The city residents had been waiting for a long time for the starting of the service but despite several surveys nothing had been so far but with the announcement that it was possible it has spread jubilation.
Along with this, the state government’s is going to start various development projects costing up to Rs 1,000 crore for improving the infrastructure in the next year. The deputy chief minister also put the foundation stone of the Pratap Chowk flyover that would be completed by May 2011 with the cost of Rs 24 crore and would provide great relief to the traffic coming from the Delhi side. The road along with the military camp from Sherpur Chowk would also be extended from 44 feet to 86 feet at a cost of Rs 95 lakh.
He also informed that the residents would also get relief from the massive power cuts by December because they were going to spend around Rs 650 crore on the upgradation of the transmission system. The city bus service would also begin in December and they would launch around 60 air-conditioned super deluxe buses.