The UP State Government has kept in reserve significant amounts for the metro project and the area’s nimble transport system in Ghaziabad, an initiative proposed to promote connectivity in NCR.

In the budget presented in the Parliament on February 16, Rs 500 crore has been assigned to a variety of metro projects within the state, also comprising the in-progress Dilshad Garden-New Bus Stand corridor in Ghaziabad that has been developing at a very slow pace seemingly due to the delay in release of funds by various stakeholders.

An amount of Rs 250 crore has also been set aside for the building of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, which is being ventured by the NCR Transport Corporation (NCRTC).

“The last installment released to the GDA (for the metro corridor) was Rs 80 crore by the UP housing and development board. We are yet to ascertain the share that Ghaziabad will get from the amount allocated in the budget for various metro projects. Till now, more than 95% work has been completed on laying the tracks along the corridor. The release of the funds will definitely expedite the project, for which we have set a June deadline,” said a GDA official.

Functionaries within the NCRTC said the target date for running the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor had been fixed for 2024. The corridor, the starting point of which will be Sarai Kale Khan Terminus will stretch across Sahibabad, Guldhar, Duhai, Muradnagar, Modinagar to terminate at Modipuram in Meerut. It will cut down the travel time between Delhi and Meerut to about an hour.

“In the Union budget earlier, the central government had allocated Rs 659 crore for this project. On this corridor, we have planned multi-modal integration at multiple places. Sarai Kale Khan, Anand Vihar, Sahibabad are a few such points where passengers can interchange for other available modes of transport,” said Sudhir Sharma, the chief public relations officer of NCRTC.

The NCRTC has nearly developed the first field component in Ghaziabad while pre-construction work on the Delhi-Meerut section has begun. This in addition to, a sum of Rs 94.26 crore has been reserved for the Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan in Indirapuram.

The structure, for which land has been acquired from the GDA at a cost of around Rs 50 crore, will be developed by Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam.

“Regarding the budget allocation, we have got Rs 13 crore for the land of Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan that is being constructed in Indirapuram. We may also have to contribute around Rs 50 crore for the proposed rapid rail transit system corridor, which runs from Delhi to Meerut, for the Ghaziabad section,” said district magistrate and GDA vice-chairperson Ritu Maheshwari.

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