In the first phase, a 37.573 km metro rail network will be built of which 23.468 km will be elevated and 14.105 km underground Corridor. It will run from north to south. It will start near Capitol Complex and will go up to Mohali. Corridor II, also known as East West Corridor, will start from Sector 21, Panchkula and reach up to Mullanpur.
The proposed routes for the various corridors of the metro network are as follows:
Corridor 1: Khuda Lahora to IT Park via Punjab University, PGI, Government College, General Hospital, Sector 17- Interchange, Sector 8, Sector 7, Sector 26, Grain Market, Transport Nagar, Chandigarh Railway Station, Manimajra, covering a distance of approximately 16.00 km.
Corridor II: Sectt. Sector 1 Chandigarh to Bus terminal Sector 104 S.A.S Nagar, Mohali, via Rock Garden, Sector 9, Sector 17 interchange, Sector 17 ISBT, Sector 22-Aroma Hotel Sector 34, Bus Terminal Sector 43, Sector 52, Mohali Sector 62, Sector 60, Sector 72, Sector 71, Sector 75, Sector 76, Sector 77, Sector 78, Sector 87, Sector 97, Sector 106, Sector 105 covering a distance of 22 km.
Corridor III : Timber Market Chowk Sector 26 to Sector 38 and Dadu Majra along Purv Marg and Vikas Marg covering a distance of approximately 14.6 km.
Corridor – IV: Housing Board Chowk to Sector 21 Panchkula, via Panchkula Sector 17,16,15,14, & 21 covering a distance of 5 km.
The project is expected to cost ₹113.75 billion (US$1.8 billion), out of which ₹89.95 billion (US$1.4 billion) will be borne by Chandigarh Administration, ₹16.8 billion (US$270 million) will be borne by Punjab Govt. and the remaining ₹7 billion (US$110 million) by Haryana Govt. The expected cost of the metro elevated section is ₹1.4 billion (US$22 million) per Km and that of the metro underground section is ₹3.5 billion (US$56 million) per Km. The metro will be completed in two phases. The estimated cost of Phase-I is ₹89.95 billion (US$1.4 billion) and that of Phase-II is ₹23.8 billion (US$380 million).
The vision behind the metro system is a well contained city with efficient people friendly transport system with minimum travel time & maximum safety and comfort. The main points of the envisaged vision are:
To improve connectivity and travel throughout the city and its region.
To improve mobility within neighborhoods, wards, zones and satellite towns to address inner- and inter-city transportation needs.
To achieve efficient arrangement of land use and transport systems to minimize overall travel cost.
To offer viable and reliable transportation options that aim at reducing dependence on cars, with widespread use of non-motorised modes and mass rapid transit system.