For threat to heritage sites falling on the route

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Rajasthan has decided to review the underground segment of the Jaipur Metro Rail Project initiated by the previous Congress regime in view of its reported threat to some heritage structures falling on the route in the Walled City here.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has asked Chief Secretary Rajiv Maharshi to look into the aspects of heritage conservation and financial viability of the project, under which the commercial run of Jaipur Metro was slated to start in June this year. The underground corridor is proposed to be constructed between Chandpole Gate and Badi Chaupad.

Ms. Raje, who presided over a meeting on the Urban Development & Housing Department’s activities here on Monday as part of an ongoing exercise to get feedback from different departments, said the metro project’s second phase, covering the route from Sitapura to Ambabari, would also be reviewed.

The Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation made a presentation on the proposed phases of metro, covering different localities of the capital city, at the meeting. Prime Minister Manmohan had in September 2013 laid foundation stone for the metro’s underground corridor, under phase 1-B, which was to be constructed at a cost Rs.1,126 crore.

Famous monuments such as Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal, Isar Laat and Chandpole Gate are in the vicinity of the underground route set for the proposed tunnel.

The project also involves removal of Chhoti Chaupad and Badi Chaupad squares, followed by their reconstruction, for establishment of the underground metro station.