In order to tackle traffic chaos besides giving Ghaziabad a better Metro connectivity, Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) recently submitted an action plan, involving an expenditure of Rs 3,700 crore, to the state officials for approval.
The entire action plan involves 12 projects for widening of major roads, highways, construction of rail under-bridges, overbridges, Metro corridor extension from Vaishali to Mohan Nagar and Dilshad Garden to Arthala (near Mohan Nagar.
Officials of the development authority have clarified that funding would not be the sole responsibility of the GDA, and other agencies such as the UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC), Avas Vikas Parishad and municipal corporation, should also contribute.
“We have requested the state officials to undertake a consensus of the concerned departments at the state-level to collectively provide funds for infrastructure development in the city. This needs to be implemented at the earliest,” GDA vice-chairman Narendra Kumar Chaudhary said.
While funding remains a major problem for the authority, officials said the projects are expected to be completed within four years’ time.
As per official estimates, GDA gets around Rs 300 crore infrastructure-related funds per year and spends around Rs 100-150 crore on small infrastructure-projects, affecting other major projects.
In the action plan, GDA has proposed a contribution of around Rs 236 crore from UPSIDC, Rs 505 crore from Avas Vikas Parishad and Rs 19 crore from the municipal corporation. GDA’s own share is estimated to be around Rs 1,206 crore.
The approval of the action plan would mean Metro extensions from Vaishali to Mohan Nagar and Dilshad Garden to Arthala (near Mohan Nagar), involving an investment of around Rs 1,932 crore in phase-II, in Ghaziabad.