The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) has purchased land for setting up the Arthala Metro station, which is a part of 9.41km metro corridor from Dilshad Garden in Delhi to New bus stand in Ghaziabad.
The authority was in discussion with the sales tax department to procure its land for the station. However, the move did not materialise and the authority purchased the land from a private party.
“A total of 1,074 square metres was purchased at a cost of Rs6.98 crore and handed over to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for development. Now, we do not need the sales tax department’s land,” DP Singh, officer on special duty, GDA, said.
Procurement of land for Arthala Metro station was pending for a year as the land identified originally, of 2,775.43 sqm, belonged to the sales tax department. The issue of land transfer was taken up at the state level but the move did not materialise.
Under the metro corridor, eight stations fall in Ghaziabad — at Shaheed Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, river Hindon and New bus stand.
The land hurdles for the project have been cleared but funding issues continue to persist.
The project is estimated at Rs2,210 crore and the route is expected to be opened in June 2017.
UP state agencies are to contribute a total of Rs1,479.6 crore. The GDA, municipal corporation, UP Avas Vikas and UP state industrial development corporation (UPSIDC) have to contribute Rs695.8 crore, Rs246.35 crore, Rs440.45 crore and Rs97 crore, respectively.
The authority has made arrangements to pay an instalment of Rs50 crore to DRMC. The GDA has paid Rs540 crore of Rs695.8 crore so far.
Officials said that they have received only Rs50 crore from Avas Vikas and Rs3.3 crore from UPSIDC so far.
Besides the delay in getting funds for the project, the revised detailed project report (DPR), in which the cost of the project was revised to Rs2,210 crore, is yet to be cleared by the Uttar Pradesh state cabinet. The clearance will pave the way for the release of Rs402.4 crore under a Government of India grant for the metro project.
The UP government will contribute Rs119.4 crore under a state grant and the DMRC’s share is Rs328 crore.
Officials said that the funding pattern and the revised DPR clearance will be taken up by the government that will be formed after the state assembly election results are announced.