Chandigarh: Giving momentum to the Metro project in Chandigarh, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) has taken a step forward.

The DMRC is doing geo-technical investigation for the Chandigarh Metro by collecting soil samples from various areas which fall on the proposed route, after which it will submit a Detailed Project Report (DPR).

The Planning Commission which did not approve the project earlier has now given the green signal to it considering the increased fuel prices.

Stating it an expensive project, the commission had earlier suggested Chandigarh Administration to improvise alternative transport arrangements.
In the first phase, the DMRC has examined the soil near Art College in Sector-10, Neelam Theatre in Sector 17, in Sector 16 and Matka Chowk.

It is to be noted that, the Chandigarh metro rail plan was proposed in 2008. The underground metro rail costs Rs 350 crore per km and the elevated metro rail’s cost has been estimated Rs 140 crore per km.

In the first phase, the 6.5-km metro line will be expanded from Housing Board Chowk to Sector -21.