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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Metro extension to Vaishali likely to have four stations, final DPR likely soon

cities Updated: Dec 03, 2019 22:08 IST

Ghaziabad: The officials of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) Tuesday said their recently selected Vaishali to Mohan Nagar Metro extension project will be taken up for review in a ‘Disha’ meeting, which is to be chaired by Ghaziabad MP General (retired) VK Singh on December 7.

The authority officials said they had proposed the link to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Currently, Blue Line presently terminates at Vaishali, while Mohan Nagar is an operational station under the Red Line (Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda). The GDA has now proposed a 5.06km long link between the two stations, by extending the Blue Line.

On the directions of the state government, GDA vice-chairperson Kanchan Verma, during a meeting with DMRC, had opted for extending the presently operational Blue Line from Vaishali to Mohan Nagar and had asked the DMRC to prepare the detailed project report (DPR).

“The DPR is likely to be submitted to us within a week and later, it will be sent to the state government for approval. The tentative cost of the extension will be about ₹1,700 crore but that may go down in the DPR. In our discussions, we have proposed four stations — at Sector 14 (Vasundhara), Prahladgarhi, Sahibabad and final one that will merge with the operational station at Mohan Nagar,” Verma said.

“The project will also be discussed in the ‘Disha’ meeting, which will be chaired by the Ghaziabad MP. All development works in the district are reviewed during the ‘Disha’ meeting that is held every three months. A review of the proposed Metro extension will be taken up during the meeting on December 7. The main reason why the earlier proposal of a line from Sector 62 to Mohan Nagar was not taken up was due to the projected lesser ridership. The present ridership on the Blue Line is encouraging and the extension will benefit more passengers,” Verma said.

A GDA official, not wishing to be named, said Verma will also be trying to persuade the DMRC to pay its share towards the rolling stock.

Verma added that the plan for the Sector 62 to Mohan Nagar route has not been dropped.

“It is just that we will be taking up the extension of the Blue Line from Vaishali to Mohan Nagar for now. The other project will be taken up in the future. For that purpose, we have asked DMRC to incorporate a station at Sahibabad, complete with a shed, so that the Sector 62 extension, in the future, can easily be connected to Sahibabad,” she added.

The station at Sahibabad will be close to station of Regional Rapid Transit System project and the two stations will be connected with a skywalk or an open bridge for passengers to switch between the two train systems.

The work on the RRTS project which will link Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut through a high-speed train connectivity, has already started in Ghaziabad.