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Decks cleared for Metro extension from YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh

23 Jun 2014, Hindustan Times (Delhi)

DMRC has invited tenders as state cabinet has approved extension of the service from YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh

THE EXTENDED METRO LINE WILL HAVE TWO STATIONS; ONE AT GOOD YEAR CHOWK AND ANOTHER AT BALLABGARH.

Decks are being cleared in the extension of the Metro rail service from the YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has invited tenders for construction of viaduct and station for YMCABallabgarh extension of the Metro rail line.

Tenders were invited for the construction of viaduct and station for YMCA-Ballabgarh extension of the Metro line.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the extension work on June 22.

Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, Ballabgarh MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Sharda Rathore said the extension of the Metro rail service to Ballabgrh will see a ridership of over 35,000 passengers per day.

She said the extended line will have two stations: one at Good Year Chowk and the other at Ballabgarh. The Metro station at Ballabgarh will be the most beautiful station in the corridor with cafeteria and adequate facility for parking of vehicles, she added.

The state cabinet had approved the extension of the Metro rail service from the YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh at its meeting held on May 14 to fulfill the long-pending demand of the residents of Ballabgarh.

Meanwhile, DMRC has invited tenders for construction of viaduct and station for YMCABallabgarh extension of the Metro rail line, which is a step forward in the extension of the Metro rail line to Ballabgarh. The last date for filing tender is July 28. The completion period of work is 18 months. The estimated cost of this project is ` 168 crore.

While the work on the 13.8km Metro line from Badarpur to Faridabad's YMCA Chowk is still on, the demand for its extension up to Ballabgarh began ever since the Haryana government and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) entered into an agreement to extend the Metro rail service from the Badarpur border to the YMCA Chowk. Work is in progress on the Badarpur border to the YMCA Chowk section and it is scheduled to be completed by 2014 end.

The estimated cost of the project for the Metro rail service from the YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh is ` 350 crore. The length of the stretch is 3.5 kilometre.

The demand for the extension of the Metro rail service was raised from time to time by the residents of the area and Rathore also put it forward in 2012.

The Metro rail section from the Badarpur border to the YMCA Chowk is elevated with nine stations including Sarai Khwaja, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 27A, Badkhal Morh, Old Faridabad, Sector 15A, Sector 12, Bata Morh and YMCA Chowk. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 2,494 crore.

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

The scheduled time of completion of the project is December 2014 but DMRC is hopeful to finish it before that. DMRC appointed an agency Mappage India in January 2011 that began the soil testing on the central verge of the DelhiMathura 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 the YMCA Chowk on the central verge of the road. The Metro rail bells started ringing in Faridabad in March 2010 when the state government 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 Metro rail service 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 ` 75 lakh in respect of the Faridabad project.

Various industries' associations in the city had also been demanding the extension of Metro rail service 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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