Metro rail at Amritsar and Mohali too: Badal

Written by States Bureau | Chandigarh, Oct 9 | Updated: Oct 10 2007, 07:29am hrs
Punjab took a step further in the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) era with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC ) on starting Metro Rail Services in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

A similar rail system will be set up at Amritsar and Mohali, said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. The state will become the first state in the region outside the national capital to introduce Mass Rapid Transit System, he said.

Sukhbir Singh Badal who was also present during the signing of MoU said that the step marked Punjab's entry into the age of post-modern technology. The MoU was signed by SD Sharma, chief engineer (consultancy) DMRC and SS Sandhu, special principal secretary to chief minister and managing director, Punjab Infrastructure Development Board on behalf of DMRC and Punjab government.

Detailed Project Report (DPR) likely to be completed in six months would be prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and would be followed by be bid out for construction. The project cost is estimated at Rs 3,000 crore and would be developed through Public Private Partnership under Built Operate Own (BOO) mode. In the first phase, the length of the Metro network is proposed to be about 25 km.