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Metro extension to Ballabgarh cleared

19 May 2014, Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Work on this phase is scheduled to start next month

The state cabinet gave approval in its meeting held last Wednesday so that funds could be released to the DMRC.SS DHILLON, principal secretary to the chief minister

The cabinet has approved the extension of the Metro rail from the YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh. This will meet the long pending demand of the residents of Ballabgarh. Work on this phase of the Metro rail is scheduled to begin on June 1.

Work on the Metro line from Badarpur to YMCA Chowk is yet to be completed.

Work on the 13.8 km Metro line from Badarpur to YMCA Chowk in Faridabad is yet to be completed. But the demand for its extension up to Ballabgarh had started ever since the Haryana Government and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) entered into an agreement to extend the Metro rail service from the Badarpur border to YMCA Chowk.

Work is in progress on ththis section and it is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

The principal secretary to the Chief Minister, SS Dhillon confirmed that the state cabinet has formally approved the extension of the Metro rail service to Ballabgarh. "The state cabinet had already approved in principle the extension of the Metro up to Ballabgarh. The centre has also given its approval for the same. The state cabinet gave specific approval for the same in its meeting held last Wednesday so that funds could be released to DMRC for the project," he said.

The estimated cost of the project for the Metro rail service from YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh is Rs 130.8 crore. The length of the stretch is 3.5 km. Two stations are proposed on the section: one at the National Council for Cement and Building Materials, Sector 4, and the other near the Haryana Roadways bus stand in Ballabgarh.

The demand for the extension of the Metro rail service has been raised from time to time by the residents of the area and Ballabgarh MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Sharda Rathore also forwarded it in 2012.

The section from the Badarpur border to YMCA Chowk is elevated with nine stations including Sarai Khwaja, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 27- A, Badkhal Morh, Old Faridabad, Sector 15-A, Sector 12, Bata Morh and YMCA Chowk.

The memorandum of understanding between the Haryana Government and DMRC for the Faridabad Metro link was signed on March 26, 2012. The ceremony took place in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Mangu Singh, managing director, DMRC.

The scheduled time of completion of the project is the year end but DMRC is hopeful of finishing it before that.

DMRC had appointed the agency, Mappage India in January 2011 to begin the soil testing on the central verge of the Delhi-Mathura Road that had been proposed for the elevated section of the Metro rail to Faridabad. The soil testing began on the national highway near NHPC Chowk and was done at various places up to YMCA Chowk.

The bells for Metro started ringing in Faridabad in March 2010. The state government had asked DMRC to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for extension of the Metro line to Faridabad from the Badarpur border while the work on the up to the Badarpur border was on.

Haryana government had asked the corporation to prepare a DPR in six months for its extension from the Okhla side and paid Rs 75 lakh in respect of the Faridabad project.

Various industries' associations in the city had also been demanding the extension of the Metro to Faridabad ever since the project started in Delhi.

They felt that better connectivity with Delhi will give an impetus to their business. The then Faridabad Member of Parliament, Avtar Bhadana had also been raising the issue in the meetings of the National Capital Region Planning Board during that period.

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