Work on the 13.875-km Badarpur-Faridabad metro rail link got the much-needed boost with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Haryana government and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) here on Monday.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and DMRC MD Mangu Singh at Gymkhana Club, Sector 15.
Coming up at a cost of R2,494 crore with nine stations, Badarpur-YMCA chowk metro line is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014.
Hooda urged Singh to speed up the work and ensure the project is completed before 2014.
"For us the work has started from today", the DMRC MD said, adding that the MoU was an important step towards making the extension of the metro link to Faridabad a reality.
Chief minister Hooda said metro connectivity up to YMCA Chowk in Faridabad will be further extended to Ballabgarh for which he has ordered the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR). He said his government wants Faridabad to get back its lost glory with the introduction of a slew of development projects such as metro. "Neharpar area in Faridabad will also be connected with metro on public private partnership basis," the Haryana chief minister said.
He pointed that over 92,000 people commute to Delhi from Gurgaon through metro on a daily basis.
"Lakhs of people from Faridabad will benefit in the same way," he added.
The 13.8-km metro line from Badarpur to Faridabad's YMCA chowk will be elevated.