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Haryana puts Metro work on fast track

The Haryana government has put its Metro plan on the fast track, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 02:08 IST

The Haryana government has put its Metro plan on the fast track. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has alreadly auctioned plots for 24 offices and 15 shopping kiosks.

Apart from these, there will be one operational petrol pump and the boundary walls of residential colonies on MG Road tuned up. Unauthorized parking lots on MG Road will make way for the new Metro line.

Additional director of Urban Estate department will soon issue notification on the emergency clause of the Land Acquisition Act to empower Town & Country Planning department to forcibly acquire private land for the project in the case of resistance. The work on Metro line to Gurgaon from Mini Secretariat ( Delhi) via Amdebkar Colony would start on December 1 this year.

A joint committee of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Town & Country Planning (TCP) department of Haryana headed by HUDA administrator has earmarked 22 spots all along MG Road in Gurgaon for land acquisition.

"Although a big chunk of land already belongs to the Haryana Government and requires formal transfer from TCP to HUDA and further to DMRC, we have earmarked about 1.16 square meters of land for Metro station, parking lots, yards and other project related requirements. About 57,500 sq meters land is required for construction yards," said HUDA administrator SP Gupta.

Gupta also clarified that of 1.16 lakh sq meter of land earmarked for the project by the committee, 77433 square metre land has already either been acquired either by TCP or is in possession of HUDA.

"The committee has identified 38241 square meter land that is still to be acquired. In this we have 15 booth sites and 24 office sites coming under acquisition in sector 29. Of these, we have already auctioned nine booth sites. We would compensate the owners of these sites either with alternate sites or pay back the cost of the land. One operational petrol pump on MG Road has also come under acquisition," HUDA administrator said.

Gupta said that Gurgaon- bound traffic from Mehrauli would be diverted to a new underpass by November 30 for the project.

"The Sikanderpur stretch would no longer be a thorough-fare for the traffic from November 15. Only those living in the village and or having shops would be allowed to move there. Since this stretch is narrow, it could turn out to be dangerous for the moving traffic during Metro line construction period," Gupta added.

The total cost of Metro extension to Gurgaon has been estimated at Rs 681 crore. This includes a grant of Rs 111 crore to DMRC. Haryana would be required to pay this amount in four equal installments to DMRC.

Total cost of the 7.05-km Haryana stretch of Metro Line between Mehrauli border and Sushant Lok is Rs 570 crore.

First Published: Nov 01, 2006 02:08 IST