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Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar
NEW DELHI: Though still some time away from making a foray into any of the satellite townships around the Capital, the Delhi Metro is now engaged in studies to plan its entry into Faridabad and Bahadurgarh in Haryana.
Preparation of detailed project reports for a new 10-km corridor from Mundka in West Delhi to Bahadurgarh and of a 15-km corridor from Okhla in South Delhi to Faridabad is under way. These two new lines, as and when constructed, would provide a big relief to people travelling to and fro these satellite townships.
With these two new links - the detailed project reports for which are scheduled to be completed within six months -- the total number of planned Delhi Metro corridors to Haryana would go up to three. Already a corridor has been planned for Gurgaon. The project report for this stretch had recommended construction of a line from Qutub Minar in Delhi to IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon via Ambedkar Nagar, Andheria Bagh, Sultanpur, Ghitorni, Arjan Garh, Nathpur, Sikandarpur and DT cinema.
The two proposed new corridors are considered significant as they would primarily be extensions of the corridors under the Master Plan for the Delhi Mass Rapid Transport System. The Mundka-Bahadurgarh corridor is expected to be taken up in Phase III of the project once the 15-km line from Kirti Nagar to Mundka is completed in Phase II of the project. Work on the Kirti Nagar-Mundka line, which had been approved of by the Union Cabinet this past August, has already started in right earnest. The line consists of six corridors, covering a total length of 53.51 km, which would be undertaken in Phase II of the project.
As for the Okhla-Faridabad line, it would be an extension of the proposed line from Jahangirpuri to Rajouri Garden to AIIMS to Okhla Phase I that has been envisaged in Phase III of the project. The 15-km corridor from Okhla to Faridabad would provide an important link to the industrial township south of Delhi that had thus far been lagging behind due to poor connectivity from the Capital.
With the two new detailed project reports, Haryana has also stolen a march over Uttar Pradesh in Metro connectivity. Though DPRs for a link to Noida Sector 32 from New Ashok Nagar in East Delhi and to Loha Mandi in Ghaziabad from Dilshad Garden in North East Delhi have been prepared, U.P. has still not moved forward with the construction plans. On the other hand, Haryana is showing increasing interest in having Delhi's Metro system fuel its engine of growth.
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