The plan to extend the existing Metro service from Dilshad Garden to the New Bus Stand in the city has received in-principle approval. The UP chief secretary, officials from Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had recently met in Lucknow and gave the green signal for the second phase of Metro expansion in Ghaziabad.
The move was welcomed by Ghaziabad residents as the existing Metro line, which covers Anand Vihar and Vaishali, caters to less than one-sixth of the city's total population.
In 2010, officials had decided against Metro expansion to the bus stand and had proposed Arthala as the last station.
GDA officials said the proposed Metro line from Dilshad Garden to the New Bus stand would cover around 9.41 km. According to previous plans, the link covered only 7.31 km. Compared to the previous estimate of Rs 815 crore, the extended route will now cost around R990 crore. A decision on the funding pattern will be taken later.
"The entire city and trans-Hindon areas will be benefitted by the new route. GDA has been asked to send a proposal for the funding pattern to share the costs," GDA vice-chairman Santosh Kumar Yadav told HT.