Ghaizabad authority approves Vaishali to Mohan Nagar Metro line extension
Officials said that this route was preferred as it would connect Ghaziabad directly to central Delhi.Updated: Aug 30, 2018 03:44 IST
The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has decided to approve the proposed Vaishali to Mohan Nagar link as part of phase 3 of the Metro, while putting the second proposed link between Nodia’s Sector 62 to Sahibabad on hold.
Officials said that the decision to approve only one link was taken after considering the high cost involved.
Earlier in February, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had submitted a draft detailed project report (DPR) for two new extensions — Sector 62 to Sahibabad and Vaishali to Mohan Nagar.
After the initial cost projection of nearly Rs 3,711 crore, it was revised to nearly Rs 4,000 crore.
“Since the cost involved in the two extensions is high, we have decided to prioritise the Vaishali to Mohan Nagar route. We are writing to the state government to take up the Vaishali to Mohan Nagar extension and also to convene a meeting for deciding the funding pattern,” Ritu Maheshwari, vice-chairperson of the authority, said.
The cost of the route is pegged at nearly ₹1,900 crore and proposed on the 5.6km elevated section that will be the extension of the presently operational Anand Vihar to Vaishali Metro route.
As per the DPR, the extension has four proposed stations at Prahlad Garhi, Sector 14 of Vasundhara, Sahibabad and Mohan Nagar.
“To bring down the cost further, we have proposed to do away with one station from the route. The land cost has also been overestimated. The DMRC has been asked to submit the DPR with amends. As soon as we receive it, the proposal will be sent to the state government,” she added.
The authority officials said that this route was preferred over the Sector 62 to Sahibabad route as it would connect Ghaziabad city commuters directly to Connaught Place in central Delhi from Mohan Nagar.
Also, the proposed alignment is clear and straight from Vaishali to Mohan Nagar along the Link Road.
The present 2.57km extension from Anand Vihar is currently operational up to Vaishali, and can easily be extended to Mohan Nagar.
In a recent meeting with the officials of the ministry of housing and urban affairs, authority officials were assured that the ministry will convene a separate meeting with the DMRC over the issue of their contribution towards the rolling stock for the new Metro extensions in Ghaziabad.
The authority officials said that the DMRC has remained ‘non-committal’ over its share of the rolling stock.
Presently, the other 9.41km Metro extension from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Stand is nearing completion and officials expect that the route is likely to commence operations from November.
Ghaziabad municipal corporation officials said that the state government has also asked the authority to pay the Rs 242 crore share of the corporation.
“This was conveyed to us in a meeting held by the UP chief minister. However, we expect that the share will not be needed as the DMRC has asked us to pay as per the old cost on which the MoU was signed. Once we get clearance of the project from the Centre, its ₹402 crore share will suffice for the project,” Maheshwari added.