Delhi Metro Rail Corporation likely to clear UP, Haryana plans

September 2, 2013

Dipak Kumar Dash, TNN |


NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) board is likely to clear extension of two Metro lines -one in Noida and another in Faridabad – on Friday. Government sources said extensions of the Metro line from Noida City Center to Sector 62 and YMCA Chowk in Faridabad to Ballabhgarh have been included in the board’s agenda.The two projects are on the table a few weeks after Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit objected to DMRC taking up new projects outside the national capital claiming that the agency has a lot of work to finish within the city.

Early this week, a sub-committee had cleared both the Noida and Faridabad projects. “Once the board clears them, work will start. Extension of Metro is essential for the entire NCR. Centre has already made this clear,” a Union urban development ministry official said.

Though DMRC officials did not divulge estimated costs of the two projects, ministry sources said in these cases, 80% of the investment will come from state governments – Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

The 6.7km Noida City Centre-Sector 62 link would be completely elevated. The route will have six stations at sectors 34, 52, 59, 61, 62 and Electronic City (NH-24, Ghaziabad border).

The authority had also proposed another extension route – 3.9km stretch between Kalindi Kunj and Botanical Garden having two stations.

In the case of Faridabad, Haryana has pushed for extension of the Metro track by 3.2km from YMCA Chowk to Ballabhgarh for better connectivity. At present, the work on 14km Badarpur-YMCA Chowk stretch is on and it is likely to be operational by 2016 when Delhi Metro’s Phase-III will be completed.

“Our endeavour has been to improve connectivity of our cities with Delhi for greater economic activity. Smart and seamless connectivity pushes development across the region, which is our focus of taking up the case for extending Metro link to Ballabhgarh,” said Haryana CM’s son Deepender Singh Hooda, who is also the MP from Rohtak.


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