After making commuting smoother between Delhi and the prime NCR cities — Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad —the Metro network is likely to expand to Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana, Alwar in Rajasthan and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.
The urban development ministry has decided to lay three corridors connecting these far-off NCR towns with the national capital on a priority basis, said Chittaranjan Kumar Khaitan, joint secretary, ministry of urban development.
He said that the process of implementing these corridors would be taken up soon by the ministry in consultation with the respective state governments.
These corridors include Delhi-Sonepat-Panipat ((111 km), Delhi-Gurgaon-Alwar (180 km) and Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut (90 km).
“The detailed project reports have been completed and construction is likely to start soon,” Khaitan told HT.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) would be involved in these projects as consultants and project developer and a total of Rs 72,170 crore would be spent to commission these.
According to the NCR Planning Board sources, these metro projects would not only reduce road accidents and congestions on roads, but also offer safe, fast and smooth transportation to people.