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Decks cleared to get Centre’s nod for Ghaziabad Metro line

The 9.41 km long project is pegged at Rs 2,210 crore and the trial run is likely to start soon.

noida Updated: Aug 22, 2018 12:15 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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The GDA held a meeting with the Union Ministry on Wednesday in order to expedite the Metro extensions.(Sakib Ali / HT Photo )

Officials of the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs on Tuesday told the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) that documents for the Centre’s share towards the 9.41km Metro project have been processed by the ministry and forwarded for further clearance.

The GDA officials had gone to Delhi for a meeting with the ministry officials and were assured that the process would be expedited for the project. The project is pegged at Rs 2,210 crore and the trial run is likely to commence soon.

“Clearance from the Centre will release funds to boost the project as it is nearing completion,” Ritu Maheshwari, authority’s vice-chairperson, said.

The Centre’s clearance to the link will enable the project to get a grant of Rs 402 crore.

For the other two proposed extensions – Noida Sector 62 to Sahibabad and Vaishali to Mohan Nagar — the ministry officials said the GDA should get the detailed project report approved by the state government.

“The ministry officials have also assured us that once the DPR of the two extensions is cleared by the UP government, they will hold a separate meeting with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) about their share towards the rolling stock,” she said.

The two extensions are pegged at Rs 4,000 crore and the authority officials said the DMRC has so far not given a commitment about its contribution towards the rolling stock.

The officials said the DMRC has shared the rolling stock in the old Metro extension project in Ghaziabad. Once this is done, the share of UP agencies towards the project cost would come down.

The authority officials said that they may go ahead only with the Vaishali to Mohan Nagar route if there are funding issues.

Further, the authority officials also discussed the ‘control and command centre’ for integration of various services for citizens. The officials said the project is pegged at nearly ₹300-350 crore. It will enable agencies to remotely manage and control various citizen services via a single platform. The services include traffic, transport, waste management, water and electricity, among others.

“We will shortly prepare the detailed project report (DPR). Ten percent of the cost of the DPR will be shared by the municipal corporation and we will also approach other agencies for funds. We are trying to get support for the project from the urban ministry,” Maheshwari said.

The officials said they have also pitched a project for moving underground the overhead electricity lines. The cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs 700 crore.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 12:15 IST