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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Metro Red Line extended till Ghaziabad, civil flights to fly from Hindon airbase

According to an official, regional flights are likely to start operation from Hindon from the end of April or May. It will cater to peak hour handling capacity for 300 passengers with eight check-in counters.

noida Updated: Mar 09, 2019 03:21 IST

Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro's Red Line, in Ghaziabad,  on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro's Red Line, in Ghaziabad, on Friday. (PTI File Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid foundation stone and inaugurated several infrastructure projects worth Rs 32,513 crore in the city. He said that Ghaziabad henceforth will be known with growth in three Cs – connectivity, cleanliness and capital.

PM Modi inaugurated the Delhi Metro’s 9.6km Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) on which the passenger operations will commence from Saturday. The PM also inaugurated the much-awaited regional flight terminal constructed at a cost of Rs 60 crore at the Hindon airbase.

“The city has now got road, train and metro connectivity. It has taken strides and jumped from 351st position in 2017 to 13 in 2019 in the Swachh Survekshan, results of which were announced on Thursday. The capital investment in the city is also growing as more businesses and set-ups have come up. We are working on the same lines to develop other cities in the country,” Modi said.

The new Red Line extension in Ghaziabad will take city passengers up to Rithala in Delhi. The addition of the new section will increase the Red Line stretch to 34.72km. A total of 35 six-coach trains will be operated on the corridor at peak hour frequency of six minutes. The fare within eight stations of Ghaziabad is pegged at ?10-30.

The new regional terminal inaugurated is located at Sikandapur near the Hindon airbase. It is proposed to operate regional flights under regional connectivity (UDAN scheme) to cities like Nasik, Pithoragarh, Kannur, Hubli, Faizabad, Shimla, Jamnagar, and Kalaburgi (Gulbarga).

“It was our dream that a person wearing slippers will be able to take flights at cheap rates. We are aiming at development with two step strategy – strengthening the infrastructure and giving direct benefits to poor. We also aim to improve connectivity between Delhi and Meerut. For this, we have laid the foundation stone for country’s first rapid train project which will reduce travel time to one hour,” the PM said.

The Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), the rapid rail project, will connect Delhi, Ghaziabad and Meerut by a 82km dedicated network and will also give interchange with the metro train system.

The project is pegged at Rs 30,274 crore and the first stretch to be taken up under the project will be from Sahibabad to Duhai. The project has a scheduled deadline of 2024. The PM also laid the foundation stone and inaugurated other smaller projects related to city’s traffic infrastructure, housing, water supplies, and sewer network, among others.

First Published: Mar 09, 2019 01:51 IST