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Ghaziabad plans delayed

The Metro project in Ghaziabad has been delayed due to several bottlenecks and is expected to arrive only by mid-2011 on the 2.57-km Anand Vihar-Vaishali route.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2010 23:28 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

The Metro project in Ghaziabad has been delayed due to several bottlenecks and is expected to arrive only by mid-2011 on the 2.57-km Anand Vihar-Vaishali route.

The work on the Anand Vihar-Vaishali line was stalled by the delay in shifting of high-capacity power transmission lines, shift of 33 KV sub-station at Vaishali and removal of underground water supply lines on the proposed route.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in March 2008 and the project completion was expected before the Commonwealth Games held in October in Delhi.

"Due to the delays, the first phase in Ghaziabad will get completed only by middle of 2011. There were several legal hurdles regarding the ownership of certain land on the route. This is also expected to get cleared soon. All the major hurdles have been cleared and work is progressing fast," said GDA vice chairman Narendra Kumar Chaudhary.

Further, the second proposed route between Dilshad Garden in Delhi and New Bus Stand in Ghaziabad has also been curtailed up to Mohan Nagar by the GDA officials at a board meeting on Thursday.

The decision was taken in view of optimum utilisation of funds and proposed arrival of the Regional Rapid Transit System - an intra-city high-speed train transport project by the National Capital Region Planning Board. Officials stated that there would be no further extension of Metro in Ghaziabad apart from the two routes.

"The funds will have to be managed by the GDA through reserves and loans. No further Metro extensions are under consideration," said UP principal secretary (housing) Ravinder Singh.