The connectivity of Faridabad with neighbouring Delhi and Gurgaon is likely to improve further in the coming years. At a meeting held on Wednesday in Chandigarh, the Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, gave approval, in principle, to the extension of the Metro rail service from YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh. He also directed officials present at the meeting to work on the feasibility of Faridabad (Ballabgarh)-Gurgaon Metro rail link.
He was reviewing the various projects of Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation. Haryana chief secretary, PK Gupta was also present. The CM said that Gurgaon-Faridabad link is of paramount importance as it will serve to link important places like Badkhal and Surajkund. In view of the growing population of both the cities, better public transport system is the need of the hour, he added.
During his visit to Faridabad on December 14, the chief minister had announced at a public meeting that the state government is planning to link Faridabad and Gurgaon by Metro. He was at Uchagaon in Ballabhgarh to inaugurate the first phase of the Ranney well scheme for augmentation of water supply in the area. Speaking on the occasion, he said the proposal for a Metro rail line between Gurgaon and Faridabad has been finalised and work on the project would start soon.
The total estimated cost of the Ballabhgarh Metro link will be Rs 600 crore. Haryana government will have to fund its share of Rs 470 crore in the project while the centre's share will be Rs 130 crore. The state government has already released Rs 10 crore to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the project. DMRC will send a detailed project report on the project to the centre.
Denizens have welcomed the move. "Good days are coming for Faridabad. It was Gurgaon that saw the maximum development in the last 15 years and Faridabad had been neglected. But now, it is Faridabad's turn. The Bypass Road is ready. The Metro rail is coming next year and in another couple of years, it will reach Ballabgarh. Work on the new bridge across Yamuna connecting Greater Faridabad with Noida has also begun. Now, it is the Metro rail link to Gurgaon. What else can a denizen wish for," said Sonia Sharma, a resident of Jawahar Colony.