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As a lot of traffic comes from Mohali and Panchkula, RITES has been asked to prepared the plan and project by keeping the flow and traffic of the Tricity in the mind

CHANDIGARH: It’s official. Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) will prepare a fresh comprehensive mobility plan and detailed project report on a mass rapid transport system for the city while considering increased traffic in the Tricity, number of private vehicles, crowded points and other factors.
The move comes after Punjab governor and UT administrator Banwarilal Purohit gave his approval last week.
The study will not be limited to Metro, monorail, skybus and tramway among others. “The UT wants RITES to suggest the best mode of transportation that can provide last mile connectivity to commuters in an easy way,” sources said.
As a lot of traffic comes from Mohali and Panchkula, RITES has been asked to prepared the plan and project by keeping the flow and traffic of the Tricity in the mind, so they were realistic and result-oriented. “Without considering traffic flow of Mohali and Panchkula, there is no meaning of any study,” sources said.
In 2009, RITES had prepared a mobility plan that has now been termed outdated in view of the current traffic scenario. “The guidelines of the ministry of housing and urban affairs have changed since the UT had planned Metro in 2009,” said a senior UT official.
“The ministry has signaled to give financial help for the project. Any consultation with Mohali and Panchkula is not part of the exercise. We are focusing on Chandigarh alone. Once the plan is ready, talks can then be held by keeping the viability on the mode of transport decided,” he added.
Although no time-frame has been decided, sources said RITES was likely to prepare the plan in eight to 10 months and then the project report.

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