Haryana CM orders Study for Metro to Faridabad

चंडीगढ Chandigarh (CDG): Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for the extension of Metro from YMCA Chowk in Faridabad to Ballabhgarh. He also directed officials to explore the possibilities of Faridabad-Gurgaon Metro link project.

The CM said that Gurgaon-Faridabad link is of paramount importance as it would serve to link important places like Badkhal and Surajkund. He added that in view of the growing population of both the cities, better public transport system is the need of the hour.

Khattar was reviewing the various projects of Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation in Chandigarh. The total estimated cost of Ballabhgarh Metro link would be Rs 600 crore. Haryana government has proposed to invest Rs.470 crore in the infrastructure project while the Centre’s share would be Rs.130 crore, said an official. Two new stations at NCB Colony and Ballabhgarh would be set up on this line and will be ready by March 2017.

There is also a proposal to connect Gurgaon with Dwarka either by extending Airport Express Link or the Yellow Line which goes to Noida. One of these two proposed extensions by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is likely to get a go-ahead from the state government in the first quarter of 2015.