Terming the Metro Rail Project for the city as non-feasible, architect and nominated councillor Surinder Bahga wrote to the Ministry of Urban Development highlighting the anomalies in the project.
Bahga said Metro is economically feasible only if the peak hour traffic is between 40,000 and 70,000.
Chandigarh is projected as 7007 in the north-south corridor and 6711 on east-west corridor. He added that the cross system of network that has been proposed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is not suitable for the region.
According to a study by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), the major inflow of traffic is from the neighbouring areas. Over 4 lakh daily commuters enter Chandigarh from Panchkula, Mohali, Zirakpur, Kharar, Pinjore, Rajpura etc.
There is a need to integrate these areas by an efficient transport system so that these places are well connected with the city. He said that based on this, the most preferred network would be a radial system.
Bahga in his letter also mentioned that the technology proposed for Chandigarh metro will be outdated by the time Chandigarh Metro Project is commissioned. It is proposed that Automated Driverless Trains shall be used for Chandigarh Metro project, keeping in view technology advancement and the beauty and heritage of the city.
The memorandum added that the frequency of trains during peak hours when the metro project shall be commissioned in 2018 is 16 minutes which is very high.
As per the study, all well designed public transport systems have a maximum 6 minutes waiting period after that people stop preferring the transport system. Also parking facilities are not provided at the proposed Metro stations. The already existing parking areas that have been proposed are overcrowded.
Tree plantation drive organised in Sector 15
CHANDIGARH: A tree plantation drive was organised in Sector 15 that saw the participation of senior citizens as well as one year olds. The drive was an initiative by area councillor Saurabh Joshi and NGO Aazaad Foundation.
Former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan was the chief guest at the event. BJP National Council member Jai Ram Joshi and councilor Davesh Modgil also attended. Saurabh Joshi urged the parents to help their children to plant a tree and encourage them to take care of these plants. Joshi said the best way to connect the kids with the environment is to involve them in such drives. He also urged the residents of the old-age homes to nurture the trees like their