Chandigarh Metro stations to be in proximity to Schools, Colleges, Government Offices and Industries

UT administration to write to DMRC to make changes in location proposal in the project report as stations close to schools, markets, houses

CHANDIGARH: The ambitious Chandigarh Metro rail project may soon see changes in the proposed location of almost half the stations — 13 of 30 – that are too close to educational institutes, or commercial and residential buildings.

A list of these structures has been compiled by the UT engineering department, which completed a survey on the matter last week and submitted the report to senior officials on May 21.

On the north-south corridor, seven structures that which fall near the proposed stations have been identified, including Shiv Mandiron Vidyapath, Government College for Girls, Sector 11; Government Home Science College, Sector 10; Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. On the eastwest corridor, the stations are planned near Hotel Taj, the Hotel Aroma roundabout and a residential area in Sector 22. Similarly, The All India Radio station campus in Sector 34 and residential areas in Sectors 34 and 44 also fall near proposed stations.

The next course of action would be decided after a meeting of senior officials. A source said the engineering department will write to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for making changes. Despite repeated attempt, the UT finance secretary was not available for comment.

UT authorities had decided to conduct the survey after the completion of physical demarcation of the Metro route and receiving several representations from residents of different sectors expressing apprehension about acquisition of their residential or commercial properties.

The project report (DPR) says that nearly 70 families in the tricity would be affected due to the construction of the Metro rail. Wooden pegs were installed on both lines that the Metro Rail would take.