YMCA Metro work likely to pick up pace
The meeting focused on how to have seamless coordination among different state government departments with DMRC
PC MEENA, administrator, HUDA, Faridabad
The work on the Metro line from YMCA Chowk in Faridabad to Ballabgarh is likely to gain speed as the state government and senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials recently had a marathon discussion on how to clear obstacles for smooth work on the project.
Officials said that over 10 acres of land has to be acquired for the laying of the Metro line between YMCA Chowk and Ballabgarh.
The meeting was held in Faridabad a few days ago which was chaired by P Raghavendra Rao, additional chief secretary, Town and Country planning and Housing, gover nment of Haryana which was attended by some DMRC officials among others.
“The meeting focused on how to have seamless coordination among different state government departments with DMRC,” said PC Meena, administrator, HUDA, Faridabad.
Officials said that over 10 acres of land has to be acquired for the laying of the Metro line between YMCA Chowk and Ballabgarh. Out of the total area, 6.30 acres belongs to the government and 4.80 acres as private land. The government land belongs to HUDA, DHBVN, Irrigation etc. “It is easy to transfer the government land to DMRC for the project, but there is a set procedure to acquire private land which has already been set in motion,” the officials said.
Besides, the issues related to trees along the way and shifting of electric lines came up for discussion and the officials concerned were directed to do the needful so that there is no delay in clearing the way for work on the Metro line.
DMRC has already started work on the Ballabgarh line, but the work will pick up speed once all these obstacles are taken care of, officials said.
Though the approval for this line had already been granted by the previous state government, the BJP government in Haryana sanctioned more funds for the project recently.
Haryana Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh in this connection recently approved the project for the extension of Metro line from YMCA Chowk in Faridabad to Ballabgarh with the contribution of around ` 570 crore by the state government, instead of its earlier commitment of ` 468.20 crore, according to the revised supplementary report.
The project cost has been revised from Rs 564 crore to Rs 678 crore due to price escalation and increase in the cost of the land. It will be implemented on the funding pattern adopted in the case of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Bahadurgarh DMRC Metro extensions and to be financed by the government of Haryana and the government of India in the ratio of 80:20. The Central taxes are also to be financed as subordinate debt by the government of Haryana and government of India in the ratio of 20:80, the officials said.
The total route length of the Ballabgarh line will be around 3km and it will have two stations of NCB Colony and Ballabgarh. The daily ridership in 2017-18 is expected to be 37,000. While the foundation stone of the project has already been laid in June last year, it is likely to be completed by December 2017.
Meanwhile, work on the Badarpur-Escorts Mujesar Metro corridor is almost complete and the DMRC is hopeful of commissioning this line within the next fortnight. The agencies entrusted with the task of developing Metro stations on Faridabad Metro corridor with every facility are leaving no stone unturned to do their best.