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Finally, Faridabad is a Metro too 

5 Sep 2015 Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the nine-station, 13.8-km Metro corridor on Sunday

FARIDABAD: Finally, it’s here. The Metro dream of the industrial township of Faridabad will be realized this Sunday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the first Metro service.

Preparations are in full swing for the inauguration and the rally which the Prime Minister is expected to address after flagging off the train.

As per the latest itinerary, the Prime Minister will fly in a helicopter to reach Sector 12 helipad in the morning. He will then reach Escorts Mujesar station and board the Metro up Bata Chowk station, the next stop. He will then travel to Sector 12 by road to address a big rally there.

“The PM’s entire programme of flagging off the Metro and his travel in the Metro train will be completed within 25 minutes,” said Krishan Pal Gurjar, union minister of state and Faridabad MP. Top government officials including Haryana chief secretary and director general of police and senior cabinet ministers of Manohar Lal Khattar government have been visiting the township daily to oversee arrangements for the rally.

The DMRC officials are busy planning the grand flag off ceremony of metro service. On Friday, DMRC is scheduled to brief media persons and take them on a train tour on the Faridabad metro corridor.

Chief secretary DS Desi and DGP YP Singhal, Faridabad police commissioner Subhash Yadav, deputy commissioner Amit Aggarwal were among senior officials who visited some metro stations and the helipad at Sector 12.

Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala and some local MLAs and other party leaders visited the rally venue to take stock of the arrangements a few days ago. Similarly, Haryana tourism minister Ram Bilas Sharma also took stock of the arrangements for Modi’s visit. Rao Narbir Singh, Om Prakash Dhankar and others have also been visiting Faridabad in connection with the preparations for Modi’s rally. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will reach Faridabad on Saturday and remain here till Modi leaves the town.

The 13.875-km-long Faridabad corridor has nine stations — Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewla Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkhal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk and Escorts Mujesar. Two more stations — NCB Colony and Ballabgarh — will be added to this line by 2017. The work on the additional stations has already started.

Apart from political leaders, people from all walks of life are excited at the prospect of being connected with Metro.

The metro will help reduce load on Mathura Road and give relief from traffic jams. It will bring more shoppers to the Faridabad markets, providing a much-needed boost to the city’s economy,” Sandeep Singhal of Faridabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries. “Faridabad can now proud itself as a true part of the Delhi-NCR,” Singhal said.

“Metro is a great gift to Faridabad. It will help business and make commuting easy to other parts of Delhi and NCR towns,” said Jagat Madan, a social activist and industrialist.

“Travel time will be greatly reduced and commuting will be made easy,” said Princika, a student of IP University Delhi.

“I live in Sector 3, Faridabad. Right now, it’s a fight to commute between home and college. With Metro coming, I am very happy. It will not only be convenient but safer for girls like me,” she said.
 
A prominent feature of the nine stations will be that they will be powered by solar power. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has set up solar power generating facilities at all the nine stations on Faridabad metro corridor. All the metro stations have also been connected with footover bridges (FOBs) for those coming from across Mathura road. The DMRC is also studying the prospects of installing solar panels on all FOBs also.
 
“These solar power plants with a total generation capacity of 1,660.4 kWp, have been installed under RESCO (Renewable Energy Supply Company) Model, wherein the capital cost has been invested by the Solar Developer and DMRC has signed the Power Purchase Agreement for 25 years. DMRC shall only pay energy charges for the actual energy generated,” a spokesman for DMRC said.
 
 
The power generated will be used for the lighting and other auxiliary requirements of the station and depot buildings. Stations such as NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector-28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk and Escorts Mujesar will have a generation capacity of 151.2 kwp each where as 452 kwp power will be generated at Ajronda depot.

 

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