The proposed extension of Noida’s Sector 62 metro line up to Indirapuram may face severe hurdles due to the proposed Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) project on the same route.
In a high level meeting at the office of General VK Singh (retd), Ghaziabad MP, on Wednesday, officials of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) communicated the issue to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials.
Earlier, the GDA has sought an extension of Noida’s Sector 62 metro project up to one station in Indirapuram, near the CISF crossing in Ghaziabad. During its recent board meeting in April, the authority had also cleared a proposal for preparation of the detailed project report by DMRC.
“Since a flyover is proposed for DME project at CISF crossing, it would create hurdles for the metro extension from Sector 62 towards Ghaziabad. We have requested NHAI and other senior officials to reconsider the construction of the flyover. In case the flyover construction goes ahead, the metro will not have space to be extended to Indirapuram,” Vijay Kumar Yadav, GDA vice-chairman, said.
By extending the metro from Sector 62 to Indirapuram, the GDA wants to provide metro connectivity to Noida, as it takes commuters longer to travel by road.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of NHAI, NCR Planning Board, Gen (retd) VK Singh and GDA.
“Since a vehicular underpass is also proposed near the CISF crossing, there would be virtually no space left for extending the metro towards Indirapuram, either through an elevated section or underground. We have also said during the meeting that the flyover is not required. Now, it is up to NHAI to decide upon our request,” Yadav said.
The DME will have 4 lanes each on either side, with a 6 lane access controlled expressway in between. The lanes of the access controlled expressway will be elevated around two metres than other lanes. The entire project is divided into four sections, including a second section from UP-Gate to Dasna in Ghaziabad.
Officials from NHAI said that deviation or alteration in the finalised DME project is not possible, and that they made it clear during the meeting.
“Any alteration will prove a setback to our circulation plan of DME project. Further, the project will have to be reapproved by the cabinet due to the financial implications. GDA officials did not approach us earlier when they had plans for their infrastructure projects. In case the authority wants to proceed with the metro extension, they will have to raise the height and also take proper NOCs from NHAI,” a senior NHAI official said.
NHAI officials said that they have also communicated their reservations to Gen (retd) VK Singh and also to their department’s senior officials.
Earlier in May, the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister, had given its approval for the section of Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) from UP-Gate to Dasna. The section will soon be opened for rebid.