Budget boost for Ghaziabad Metro, six-lane elevated highway


Budget boost for Ghaziabad Metro, six-lane elevated highway


GHAZIABAD: The Akhilesh Yadav government on Tuesday gave an impetus to infrastructure development in the NCR cities, particularly Ghaziabad, by allocating funds for the extension of Delhi Metro's Red line from Dilshad Garden and promising to develop a couple of industrial clusters in Greater Noida.

The budget, Akhilesh's fourth, also approved the implementation of a six-lane, 10.3km elevated highway from UP gate to Raj Nagar Extension, which was announced by the GDA last year. It has been billed as the longest elevated highway in the country and is expected to cut down on travel time between Delhi and Meerut.

Though there were no new announcements for NCR, there was relief that the government had put a more tangible focus on implementation and ensure that the projects promised didn't just remain on paper.

A budget of Rs 1,838 crore was approved by the government for the implementation of the 11-km-long Metro line from Dilshad Garden in Delhi to New Bus Stand in Ghaziabad. The GDA board had in December approved the Rs 2,210-crore Metro expansion following a revised project report presented from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

"In the budget presentation on Tuesday, the chief minister approved the sum total of contributions that are to be made by various state agencies for implementation of the Metro project. The sum approved does not include contributions to be made by the Union government," said D P Singh, officer on special duty at GDA. The GDA has set June 2016 as deadline for completion of the new Metro line.

Singh said work on the elevated highway had started. "The cost of the project, pegged at around Rs 1,147 crore, will be met by the GDA. Construction work has commenced near UP gate. We have set a target of September 2016 to complete the project," added Singh.

The chief minister, during the course of his budget speech, also promised to develop electronics hubs in the adjoining district of Gautam Budh Nagar. The CM promised an electronics manufacturing cluster each in areas under the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority and the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority.

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