Eleven years after spending crores of rupees on a
study and a survey, the fate of the much-hyped Metro project has been
sealed with the Home Minister’s Advisory Committee deciding that the
project is not commercially viable for the city.
According to the sources, in the minutes of a meeting of the committee held on July 27 in Delhi it was mentioned that the matter had been deliberated upon at length and it was decided that the Metro project for Chandigarh was not commercially viable.
The sources said there was a detailed discussion
on the Metro and a difference of opinion emerged between Sanjay Tandon,
city BJP president, and Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, at the
meeting over the issue. While Tandon supported the Metro, Kher termed
the project unviable.
Kher said the project was not required as residents would not benefit much from the Metro.
On the other hand, Tandon said the city would
have to take a decision keeping in mind the traffic congestion that
would increase on roads in the next 20 years.