The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed, for the second time this year, a bill to facilitate extension of the Delhi Metro to the national capital region including the satellite towns of Noida and Gurgaon.
Moving the Metro Railways (Amendment) Bill for passage, Union urban development minister S Jaipal Reddy said the legislation is targeted at providing statutory cover to constructing, maintaining and operating the Metro in Noida and Gurgaon, work for which are at an advanced stage.
It would also cover Metro services in other cities as and when they come up. Reddy said plans for Metro services at Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Kochi and Mumbai were at an advanced stage.
“It is also important in view of the Commonwealth Games in October 2010, while the Metro service in Noida is scheduled to be commissioned by August 30,” he said.
“This bill is intended to usher in a Metro revolution,” he said. The Lok Sabha had passed the legislation in February this year but the legislation lapsed on account of dissolution of the House due to the general elections.
But as members started demanding a Metro for their constituencies, the minister made it clear that the initiative should come from the state government concerned.
“Why, Lucknow could have one if the state takes the initiative,” the urban development minister said.
Extend network further: MP
Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda has urged the central government to extend the Metro rail project to other Haryana towns bordering Delhi like Kundli (Sonepat) and Bahadurgarh.
He urged states where the network was being extended be made stakeholders.
Hooda had four suggestions for the project:
Firstly, extension up to Faridabad should be taken up at the earliest, as the survey for the project was complete. Second, the network should be extended to Bahadurgarh as people from other parts of the state used it as the gateway to Delhi.
Third, the Metro should reach Najafgarh, Outer Delhi’s rural area. Fourth, the Metro should be extended up to Kundli as all traffic from Punjab towards Delhi came that way.