From next month, thousands of commuters from Ghaziabad can travel to Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon in air-conditioned comfort when the Anand Vihar-Vaishali section of the Metro link is expected to open.
With the opening of this line, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) expects to get 40,000 more passengers. The 2.57-km route, that will have two stations at Vaishali and Kaushambi, will directly connect Anand Vihar to Ghaziabad.
"The project was delayed due to lack of coordination between the departments in the district. Metro will pave way for a safe and comfortable journey for the commuters from newly developed areas," said Mohan Sangwan, from Indirapuram RWA confederation.
The agreement for the project was signed between the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and the DMRC in March 2008 and the work was delayed due to shifting of electricity transmission lines and water pipelines en-route the Metro sites.
"The GDA paid around Rs 260 crore for the project and around R50 crore for other related work," GDA vice-chairman Narendra Kumar Chaudhary said.
With the commencement of two elevated Metro stations at Kaushambi and Vaishali, the city would also get its first two pedestrian bridges for the commuters to move towards Indirapuram, Vaishali and Kaushambi on one side and Sahibabad Industrial Area and Delta-colonies on the other side.
Apart from provision of elevators, parking spaces have also been constructed for 100 and 200 vehicles at Kaushambi and Vaishali, respectively.
Although the GDA officials said there was no provision of Metro feeder buses at present for commuters. The residents feel apprehensive about lack of parking in the vicinity and local transport to take them to the two Metro stations.
"Majority of the commuters use their own vehicles and in such a case more parking spaces would be needed around these two stations. If you don't use your own vehicle, cycle-rickshaw charges around Rs 25-30 to take you to the Metro stations," said Sanjeev Sethi, an Indirapuram resident.