Delhi Cabinet gives “in-principle Approval” for extension of Delhi Metro till Ghaziabad

New Delhi:  In a move that will benefit lakhs of commuters from the NCR areas, the Delhi Cabinet has given in-principle nod to the extension of the Metro line till Ghaziabad. The Cabinet’s approval on the other two extensions — Faridabad YMCA Chowk to Ballabhgarh and Noida City Centre to Noida Sector 62 — is expected soon.

The extension of these three Metro lines had been put on hold by the Sheila Dikshit Government as the former Chief Minister was not in favour of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) taking up projects outside Delhi. The Cabinet meeting also directed the agencies to improvise public transport facilities on the arterial routes by increasing the bus connectivity on the prominent routes in order to facilitate a hassle-free journey for the users of the public transport.

The 9.41-km corridor connecting Dilshad Garden to Ghaziabad will provide an alternative to the current Anand Vihar to Vaishali corridor for the commuters heading to Ghaziabad. Officials said the second phase would have seven stations — Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala and the New Bus Terminal in Ghaziabad. The NCR connectivity is expected to get further push once the other two extensions till Noida Sector 62 and to Ballabhgarh are granted the requisite approvals by the Delhi Cabinet.

“The Cabinet notes for the two extensions have been prepared and they will be sent for the Cabinet approval,” said a Delhi Government official. The 6.7-km Noida City Centre to sector 62 link is proposed be completely elevated and the proposed route will have six stations at sectors 34, 52, 59, 61, 62 and Electronic City. The 3.2-km Faridabad YMCA Chowk to Ballabhgarh Metro extension is proposed for better connectivity.