Extension of Metro from YMCA Chowk begins
Work on the extension of the Metro rail service from the YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh has started. Larsen and Toubro, the company entrusted with the job by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), has barricaded a stretch on the section.
The area, where work on the extension of the Metro rail is being carried out has been barricaded.
The total estimated cost of Ballabgarh Metro link would be Rs 600 crore. Haryana government will have to fund its share of Rs 470 crore in the project while the Centre's share would be Rs 130 crore, The state government has already released Rs 10 crore. DMRC will send a detailed project report on the project to the Centre.
Haryana Cabinet had approved the extension of the Metro rail service last year. Work was scheduled to begin in June last. However, it could not be started due to the elections. While work on the 13.8km Metro line from Badarpur to Faridabad's YMCA Chowk is progressing well, the demand for its extension up to Ballabgarh began ever since the Haryana Government and DMRC entered into an agreement to provide the Metro to Faridabad.
DMRC spokesman Himanshu, said preliminary work on the YMCA-Ballabgarh section has already begun. The length of the stretch from the YMCA Chowk to Ballabgarh is 3.5km. Two stations are proposed on the section: one is at the National Council for Cement and Building Materials, Sector 4 and the other is near the Haryana Roadways bus stand in Ballabgarh. While the Metro rail track will run on the eastern side of the DelhiMathura Road from YMCA Chowk to Ishwar Bhawan, it will cross over to the western side from Ishwar Bhawan to reach the site near the Haryana Roadways bus stand where it will terminate.
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 Metro rail started 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. 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 rail service to Faridabad ever since the project started in Delhi.
They felt that better connectivity with Delhi will give 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.