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Soon: commercial, housing units along Metro lines

Areas along Metro corridors are likely to be developed as multi-utility complexes with residential and commercial units.

delhi Updated: Feb 15, 2012 00:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Areas along Metro corridors are likely to be developed as multi-utility complexes with residential and commercial units.

The Union Urban Development ministry wants transit-oriented growth along Metro tracks. To start with, a seven-km stretch along the Gurgaon metro corridor may be taken up for development.

The ministry has asked Delhi Metro to conduct a detailed feasibility study along the Metro stretch between Chhattarpur and Arjangarh for the development of a multi-modal inter-change and street connectivity.

The Delhi Metro has already started work on the proposal and awarded the tender to a specialised agency to conceptualise the design for stage-I of the project.

According to sources, the project would help generate revenue for further expansion of the Metro network.

"Transit-oriented development is essential and Metro is a prime mover of mass transit-oriented development in the country. We need to adapt economical models of development, the fruits of which should be equally distributed," Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said at a press conference at Metro Bhawan on Tuesday.

The scope of the feasibility study has been confined to 1,500 metres of catchment areas from Delhi Metro stations such as Chhattarpur, Sultanpur, Ghitorni and Arjangarh where development of commercial and residential complexes could be considered.

Property tax hike along metro lines
The union government is also mulling to increase tax burden on people living close to Metro corridors. The Centre has asked state governments to explore the option of imposing dedicated tax as part of innovative methods to finance such modern transport projects.

The Union Urban Development ministry has written to state governments, seeking their views on levying additional taxes on land transactions near the Metro corridors. A few states such as Tamil Nadu and Andhra have replied in the positive, said sources.

Suicide attempt or accident?
A 21-year-old woman jumped from an elevated platform of Preet Vihar Metro station in East Delhi on Tuesday. Police said Rinki Chaurasia is critically injured and was shifted to a hospital.

When onlookers described it as an attempt at suicide, BS Gurjar, DCP (Crime and Railways), said: "It is yet to be ascertained whether it was a suicide attempt or an accident. We are checking the CCTV footage."

First Published: Feb 15, 2012 00:22 IST