घाज़ियाबाद Ghaziabad (GZB): The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Tuesday signed an agreement for the extension of the Metro line from Dilshad Garden till the New Bus Stand here, officials said.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by GDA vice-chairman Santosh Kumar Yadav and DMRC’s director for business development SD Sharma in the presence of DMRC managing director Mangu Singh.
On the occasion, Mangu Singh said they would try to complete the 9.41-km project before the stipulated time of three years. “Santosh convinced the then Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who cleared the project within 24 hours of submitting the reminder and got the approval from the UP Government immediately after the Model Code of Conduct was lifted,” said Mangu Singh.
Yadav said the city “has been waiting since 2002 for the arrival of the Metro”, and that they will try to further extend the corridor up to CBI Academy in the next phase considering the high population density of this city.
As per the funding pattern decided in 2013, a total of Rs 1,770 crore will be shared by the Union Government, the State Government and the DMRC for the elevated track.
The cost of rolling stock amounting to Rs 256 crore will be borne by DMRC, the GDA shall provide land free of cost for extending the corridor as well as for arrangements for rehabilitating the persons affected by the extension of the corridor. The ownership of the land will continue to vest in GDA.
The detailed project report (DPR) prepared by DMRC indicates over a lakh footfall per day on Dilshad Garden New Bus Stand 9.41-km stretch with seven stations — Shaheed Nagar, Rajbagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala and New Bus Stand.