CMRL awaits sanction from ministry for MRTS takeover

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has taken a step towards initiating the process of Metro taking over the MRTS in the city.

Sources in CMRL on Saturday said they had written to the ministry of urban development a few months ago, seeking sanction for the proposal.

“The government already suggested this integration. Now, the ministry of urban development in consultation with Railways will have to grant permission for this proposal. We wrote to the ministry, requesting them to nominate a committee to work out the modalities for this proposal,” said a CMRL official.

If the proposal receives approval, the groundwork for this project might begin in another two years once the Metro Rail is up and running by 2015, the official said.

“When the Metro project was given sanction, we received suggestions from the government that Metro could take over the MRTS system after working out terms and conditions. If the initial work commences in two years, it may take a long time for the project to take shape. We need cooperation from the Railways to carry out this process,” he added.

There were other issues, including that of manpower for the MRTS, to be considered, the official said.

Singapore model for Metro profit

CHANDIGARH: To make the Metro project a commercially viable venture, RITES is studying the Singapore model so that it could be replicated in
Chandigarh by finalizing the financial plan accordingly.

During a recent presentation given by consultancy firm RITES, certain UT officials had said the project must be a profitable venture. Working on this, the company suggested the Singapore model. Under this, income from parking fee and taxes charged on tickets would be utilized to break even the annual investment of Rs 3,000 crore.

Both Punjab and Haryana governments have already agreed to share the project cost on basis of Comprehensive Mobility Plan and Detailed Project Report. Both documents would be prepared by RITES.

In case of Singapore, a Metro Corridor Corporation was first constituted for developing the project and later a Metro Corridor Authority was entrusted the task of running its affairs, said sources.

The administration is keen on carrying out the project on private-public partnership model if the consultancy arm of Indian Railways finds it viable, added sources.

According to preliminary report prepared by RITES, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system would have as many as 17 corridors, covering most parts of Chandigarh region spread over 235 km.

For this, the firm has been asked to plan out the entire road engineering, spelling out need for widening, wherever necessary. The commuter rail would cover a distance of 194 km.

A traffic survey conducted by RITES has revealed that over four lakh people travel in and out of Chandigarh on a daily basis and at certain intersections on Madhya Marg over 12,000 to 15,000 vehicles pass in one hour.

The CMP would integrate mobility plan with land use plan and would spell out the projected mobility needs of the city as also the manner in which such mobility needs are proposed to be met.

The proposed pedestrian underpasses in the city would also be taken into account in the CMP, which would look at the overall traffic management in Chandigarh and its adjoining areas.

The administration has roped in Urban Mass Transit Company Limited (UMTC) to carry out a feasibility study and identify places where pedestrian underpasses can be best utilized.

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