Gzb board nod for extension of Metro till Indirapuram

  • Peeyush Khandelwal, GHAZIABAD
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2016 01:10 IST
Ghaziabad: Currently, Metro connects Vaishali in Ghaziabad to Dwarka through the Blue Line. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) on Tuesday cleared a proposal to ask Delhi Metro to prepare a detailed project report for extending Noida’s under-construction Sector 62 Metro line to Indirapuram in Ghaziabad.

In a board meeting on Tuesday, the GDA also decided to develop the Mohan Nagar intersection as a major hub to connect various metro extensions in the future.

“The extension will allow residents to board the metro without having to cross the busy NH-24. The project is estimated to cost `250 crore. We have held discussions with DMRC and proposed that Mohan Nagar intersection be developed as a major metro connecting hub,” said Ghaziabad authority vice-chairman Vijay Kumar Yadav.

Under the plan, the authority wants to extend the proposed Indirapuram metro line towards Kanawani, Vasundhara and Mohan Nagar. Similarly, they have proposed extending the 2.57-km Anand Vihar to Vaishali metro line over Link Road towards Vasundhara and and Mohan Nagar.

Mohan Nagar has already been proposed as a major station in the under-construction 9.41-km metro route from Dilshad Garden to New bus stand in Ghaziabad.

The officials said that they had requested DMRC to open the Dilshad Garden-New bus stand metro stations in a phased manner.

“Discussions are on with DMRC and we want them to inaugurate every station as and when it is completed,” Yadav added.

The Dilshad Garden-New bus stand extension is proposed to be completed by June 2017 as per the MoU signed between GDA and DMRC in June 2014.

Senior officials of GDA said they had enough funds as of now to proceed with the extension.

The project cost has been estimated to be around `2,210 crore and will be funded by several agencies such as Avas Vikas, Ghaziabad municipal corporation and UP State Industrial Development Corporation.

“We have committed liabilities for two major projects — Hindon elevated road and the 9.41-km metro extension. These have been reviewed at the state government level and funding of these projects has been proposed through external agencies — including the Central Government and the NCR Planning Board. A decision will be taken in another 2-3 months,” said Sada Kant, UP principal secretary (housing and urban planning).

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