The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) may scrap a proposed metro station at Arthala that falls under the under-construction metro route from Delhi’s Dilshad Garden to Old bus stand in Ghaziabad.
The 9.41-km metro extension is estimated to cost of nearly Rs. 2,210 crore and is proposed to have eight stations in Ghaziabad – Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, river Hindon and New bus stand.
According to GDA officials, nearly 2,775.43 square metres (sqm) was required for development of the Arthala metro station and to procure the land there have been a series of communications with the sales tax department, which owns the land.
“However, there has not been any final decision on the land allotment as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) requires land immediately for development. As per the project, a station is required on both sides of the metro alignment. While we are yet to get land on one side from the sales tax department, we have nearly 1,400 sqm on the other side,” said DP Singh, officer on special duty, GDA.
“The DMRC has asked for two to three days to assess whether it can build a station on a single side at Arthala instead of both the sides. It is a major problem as the track and pillars are designed on the assumption that land will be made available on both sides. We were also optimistic that since it involves government land, it will be made available to GDA. The entire alignment was designed keeping the same in mind. The land for the remaining stations is available, but we may have to scrap the Arthala station as a last resort,” Singh added.
GDA vice chairman Vijay Kumar Yadav had also raised the issue with UP chief secretary during a recent meeting at Lucknow over the metro funding pattern.
In a series of communications, the sales tax department had sought an alternate piece of land measuring the same, in areas between Vijay Nagar and UP Gate near NH-24. However, the authority had made it clear that the land along NH-24 was only meant for green belt usage.
The GDA had further sent a proposal that it could provide land of the same value under its Madhuban Bapudham residential scheme and had proposed that flats of the same value as the land could also be provided to the sales tax department.
According to official sources in the GDA, the sales tax department had sent a proposal to their senior officials at Lucknow about the flats being made available. However, that proposal is yet to be considered.
Sources said that any such arrangement would require intervention from state officials who can get the issue resolved in a short time. As of now, the matter of land allotment for Arthala metro station has been delayed and may further delay the work on the remaining alignment.