The metro project for the City Beautiful has been the talk of the town for the past years. However, with the BJP government entering the City, BJP MP Kirron Kher refuted the move and said City doesn’t need a project like metro.
Once again, in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, the hopes for the metro project have been revived. This comes with the candidature of the Congress leader and Former Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. Bansal who had been a strong proponent of the metro project owing to the increasing traffic has once again given a green signal to the project.
Now that Congress leader Pawan Bansal has stepped into the ring, he is quite keen on reviving metro project. Bansal has even expounded that reviving the project of Metro will be his priority.
On the flip side, Member of Parliament Kirron Kher and BJP’s contender from Chandigarh has strongly opposed the Metro project, saying that she did not want the city to be uprooted and not many residents will use metro services.
In the initial development, the Union Ministry of Urban Development had decided to provide 50 per cent funds for development of Metro while the rest of the cost was to be borne by the UT. Though the work on first phase of project was scheduled to begin from 2013, due to the delay, the cost of the project escalated. The estimated cost of the project jumped from Rs 10,900 crore to Rs 13,600 crore.
The project has seen several ups and downs in the past years. However the project was turned down by the Union Ministry. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) had stated that the Metro will not be commercially viable till 2051, due to poor Peak-Hour Peak-Direction Traffic (PHPDT). It meant that the facility needed to be used by 40,000-70,000 passengers during peak hours to ensure viability. This was expected to be achieved only by 2051.