Faridabad: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started preliminary work on the Ballabgarh Metro line even as trial runs on the Faridabad corridor continue.
Though approval for this line had been granted by the previous state government, the BJP government in Haryana sanctioned more funds for the project a few days ago.
Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in Chandigarh a few days ago approved the extension of the Metro line from YMCA Chowk in Faridabad to Ballabgarh. The Haryana governmen t will contribute ` 569.80 crore for the project instead of ` 468.20 crore as committed earlier.
The project cost has been revised from ` 564 crore to ` 678 crore due to price escalation and increase in land cost. It will be implemented on the funding pattern adopted in the case of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Bahadurgarh DMRC Metro extension. It will be financed both by the state and Central government in the ratio of 80:20, officials said.
The total length of the Ballabgarh line will be 3.205 kms and it will have two stations — NCB Colony and Ballabgarh. The daily ridership in 2017-18 is expected to be 0.37 lakh. While the foundation stone of the project has already been laid on June 22, 2014, it is likely to be completed by December 2017, whereas earlier it was to be completed by March 2017.
People were surprised when instead of extending the Metro line from Badarpur to Ballabgarh, it was extended only till YMCA Chowk, despite the fact that Ballabgarh was an important business hub. However, the government soon realised its mistake and gave its nod to stretch the line up to Ballabgarh. Now, while work onBadarpur-YMCAChowkMetro line is complete and likely to be commissioned for public service in June end, work on the extended Ballabgarh line has just started.
The trial run of Faridabad Metro corridor began last month with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) managing director Mangu Singh on board from Badarpur to Old Faridabad station.