Ghaziabad’s Loni could be the next with Metro connectivity with the local development authority agreeing to share a third of the cost of constructing a station at Johari Enclave.
The fillip for expansion of the Delhi Metro came after the Ghaziabad Development Authority stressed the need for the transport system in the city.
The authority’s vice-chairman, Santosh Kumar Yadav, told Hindustan Times that it had agreed to share a third of the total R231 crore needed for the construction of the station. “Apart from sharing the cost, we will also be giving a part of the land in Ghaziabad for the development of the station. We have given in-principle approval for both,” Yadav said.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation plans a station at Johari Enclave, which is proposed to be built on a 3km extension of the Yamuna Vihar line to Shiv Vihar in the third phase of expansion of the Metro network. Some part of land required for the station is in Uttar Pradesh.
The extension is part of the new 56km Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar corridor, which will connect areas in north, south and east Delhi.
Once completed, the Johari Enclave station will cater to a large number of commuters from Loni, which has a population of at least 5 lakh people.
The authority has also worked out a funding pattern for the R991-crore Dilshad Garden-New Bus Stand Metro extension in Ghaziabad city. In a recent move, officials in Lucknow approved the second phase of Metro extension in Ghaziabad. The sharing of the costs, however, was a touchy issue among agencies in the state.
“We have held several meetings with different agencies and they have agreed to share the costs for Phase 2 of Metro extension. We will finalise the proposal by the end of April,” vice-chairman Yadav said.
Around 9.41km will be added to the Metro line as part of Phase 2 of extension in Ghaziabad, resulting in the construction of seven stations between Dilshad Garden and New Bus Stand. The route is expected to cater to nearly 87,000 commuters.
Currently, the Metro operates on mere a 2.57km stretch between Anand Vihar and Vaishali in Ghaziabad.