Sarbjit Dhaliwal, Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 23. A team of senior officials from New Delhi will arrive in Ludhiana on Monday for a two-day visit to inspect route of the proposed metro rail track. Official sources said the team would be sent by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The state government has offered to appoint the DMRC as consultant for the project.
The sources said the team would inspect both the metro corridors. At some places, the rail track would be laid underground while at others, it would be over the ground on the pattern of Delhi Metro.
A team of state government officials led by Principal Secretary of the Local Bodies Suresh Kumar held a meeting with officials of the DMRC in New Delhi yesterday. The sources said various aspects of the project were discussed in the meeting.
The feasibility report of the project will be ready by mid-September and it will be submitted for an appropriate action to the Central Government. The Centre will contribute 20 per cent of total cost of the project to be built under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. An equal share will be contributed by the state government. The project cost is likely to be in the range of Rs 10,000 crore.
The sources said there would be resistance by shopkeepers and others concerned at certain places with regard to acquisition of land to lay the track. The officials concerned would have to work hard to convince the shopkeepers. Expenditure on the land to be acquired would be in the range of Rs 500 crore and the state government would bear this cost.
They said the state government was also exploring the possibility of a similar project for Amritsar.
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Delhi Metro Corporation officials will be on a two-day visit to Ludhiana to inspect metro corridors.
At some places, the rail track will be laid underground while at others, it will be over the ground on the pattern of Delhi Metro Sources say shopkeepers and others concerned may resist acquisition of land to lay the track.
Expenditure on land, which will be in the range of Rs 500 crore, will be borne by the state government.