Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) Commences Operations in Chandigarh Tri-City
The inaugural meeting of the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) was held today, marking a significant step towards addressing mobility challenges in the Chandigarh Tri-City region. Chaired by Sh. Banwarilal Purohit, the Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh, the meeting was attended by the Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana, as well as the Adviser to the Administrator.
During the meeting, the members of UMTA granted their approval to the Comprehensive Mobility Plan, which was prepared by RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services). This plan will serve as a blueprint for the Preparation of Alternatives Analysis Report (AAR) and Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Phase-I of the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) Network, covering a distance of 77 kilometers in the Chandigarh Tri-City area. To ensure the successful execution of this phase, it was decided to engage RITES for the preparation of the AAR and DPR.
UMTA serves as a collaborative platform that brings together the Government of India, officials from the Chandigarh Administration, and representatives from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab. The primary objective of UMTA is to ensure effective coordination among various institutions and facilitate the implementation of the Comprehensive Mobility Plan, thereby improving the traffic situation in the tri-city area.
By approving the Comprehensive Mobility Plan, UMTA has taken a crucial step towards enhancing transportation infrastructure and services in the Chandigarh Tri-City region. The plan’s comprehensive approach will contribute to the development of an efficient, sustainable, and integrated transport system, addressing the growing mobility needs of the residents and visitors.
As UMTA moves forward, it is expected to play a pivotal role in fostering collaboration, streamlining efforts, and facilitating the successful implementation of future transport initiatives in the Chandigarh Tri-City area. The authority’s commitment to improving mobility and traffic management is a significant development in ensuring a seamless and convenient transportation experience for all stakeholders in the region.