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Ghaziabad Metro may be delayed

The much-awaited inauguration of the first Metro route in Ghaziabad—from Anand Vihar to Vaishali—could get delayed due to UP chief minister Mayawati’s prior official commitments.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2011 23:54 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

The much-awaited inauguration of the first Metro route in Ghaziabad—from Anand Vihar to Vaishali—could get delayed due to UP chief minister Mayawati’s prior official commitments.

The chief minister was supposed to inaugurate this 2.57km-long Metro stretch on July 9.

“There may be a delay in the inauguration due to assignments of the chief minister. The inauguration date is likely to be shifted to some another date from the originally scheduled July 9. But we are yet to receive official communication about the future dates,” Ghaziabad Development Authority’s vice-chairman Narendra Kumar Chaudhary said.

In another development related to providing hassle-free commuting to Metro passengers once the line becomes
operational, the Ghaziabad administration on Wednesday held a meeting to discuss the issue of provision for feeder buses. The meeting was chaired by the district magistrate.

In the meeting, it was decided to allocate nearly Rs1.5 crore to the UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) for running 10 feeder buses on several routes. The routes, however, are yet to be finalised.

“We have decided that we will pay the transport corporation for 10 buses which will be a one-time payment. We will not provide any more funds for maintenance, land and other operating expenses incurred due to these buses,” Chaudhary said. Each bus, officials say, will have a 27-seat capacity.

The issue of the provision for feeder buses had been pending with the agency for the past several weeks after the announcement of the inauguration of the two Metro stations—Kaushambi and Vaishali—in Ghaziabad.

“We have asked the UPSRTC to submit us quotations for the purchase of 10 feeder buses at the earliest,” Chaudhary added.