Metro rail requires a 10-metre wide clear area before core construction in congested areas of the city can begin. This came to light during a meeting on Wednesday between Metro rail and urban development officials.
On Chiklod Road alone, over 150 major structures — a mix of residential and commercial — will have to make way for the Bhopal Metro rail project, according to a survey. The district administration, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and other departments will coordinate this. As many as 23 houses are listed partially demolished in Jinsi area, including one building under the police department.
Survey has begun for the Bhadbhada to Ratnagiri route. On the route, Metro will connect from Raj Bhavan to the Pul Bogda bridge. The survey team comprised the district administration’s revenue wing. They were accompanied by officials of the MP Metro Rail Corporation.
The team started the survey from Raj Bhavan. Five metre wide area of government structures along the route is to be taken for Metro rail construction. About 100 constructions on Lily Talkies and Chiklod Road, will also have to pave way for the Metro rail. Many of these houses will have to be removed, said a survey official, said tehsildar Devendra Chaudhary. “10-metre wide road is needed for the smooth movement of Metro rail,” he said.
There is a Metro station planned opposite Minto Hall. Moving ahead and coming towards Lal Parade Ground, about five metres of the police department’s campus would also be undertaken for Metro rail development.
Around Lily Talkies’ extension, the Metro rail will curve right to Chiklod Road. As per the master plan, the road is supposed to be 80-feet wide. However, many of the illegal constructions have made the road narrow. The chaotic stretch connects to MP Nagar, near Stud Farms, where the Metro rail main depot is under construction.
A 40-year-old building at the Jinsi intersection and 22 other buildings and shops are also on the route. The first of notice to the affected was served earlier this year. The area is expected to be under possession of Metro rail by March next year.
The connect point will be the intersecting point of purple and red track. While Metro rail will run in the elevated section around the congested Jinsi area, it will be underground in some sections around Aishbagh.