The inauguration of the 2.57-km-long Metro line from Anand Vihar to Vaishali in Ghaziabad is now expected on July 16, after the previous date was postponed due to the meetings and engagements of the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati.
Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) vice-chairman Narendra Kumar Chaudhary said the expected date of the inauguration of the section is yet to be finalised but "expected to be on July 16." UP chief minister is likely to inaugurate the section.
The previous inauguration date was scheduled as July 9 but was later deferred. On the other hand, the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) will inspect the section and facilities at two stations - Kaushambi and Vaishali - on July 12. After the necessary clearance, the section would be thrown open for public.
Due to the delayed inauguration, various Ghaziabad agencies involved in the widening of the Link Road from Dabur crossing to Mohan Nagar felt a sigh of relief as the UP chief minister was expected to travel by road to Vaishali Metro station for inauguration and the widening of the road - from existing 6 lanes to 8 lanes - was delayed due to shifting of electricity poles and high-capacity electricity transmission lines on the way.
"The majority of the work is now complete and most of the poles and high-power electric lines have been shifted from the Link Road," said Chaudhary.
Still, the availability of feeder buses faces a big question mark as the GDA still awaits the quotation from the UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) officials.
Earlier, the GDA had agreed to sanction around R1.5 crore for the purchase of 10 new Metro feeder buses with a 27-seat capacity and had sought quotation from the corporation.
Former Ghaziabad district magistrate (DM) Hridesh Kumar, who is now transferred to Noida, had said that provision of buses would be finalised by June 30. "Even after we had agreed to give the amount for purchase of buses, we have still not received any quotation for the feeder buses," Chaudhary added.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials expect around 40,000 passengers to start the use of Ghaziabad section with the inauguration of Kaushambi and Vaishali Metro stations.