In a major boost for the Metro infrastructure in the city, approval was granted to the extension of the Delhi Metro line from HUDA City Centre to the Rapid Metro station on the Delhi gurgaon Expressway via the railway station. The decision was taken at the third executive committee meeting of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), which was chaired by state chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. GURUGRAM: In a major boost for the Metro infrastructure in the city, approval was granted to the extension of the Delhi Metro line from HUDA City Centre to the Rapid Metro station on the Delhi Gurgaon Expressway via the railway station. The decision was taken at the third executive committee meeting of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), which was chaired by state chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Gururgam on Wednesday.
The meeting also passed the GMDA’S budget of ₹1,443 crore for
2019-20, out of which ₹508 crore will be spent on the ongoing projects with the authority.
The extended Metro route will now connect Subash Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk, Sector 9, Railway Road, Sector 5, Krishna Chowk near Palam Vihar, sectors
23 and 22, Udyog Vihar and terminate at the Rapid Metro station on the Delhi-gurgaon Expressway.
Khattar said a special meeting has been called next month to focus on expansion of the Metro network. “Development projects for Gurugram were discussed in detail and status of projects was analysed. The Metro route has been extended and bus service would also be expanded gradually,” he said.
The railway extension project will be taken up by Haryana Mass Rapid Transport Corporation Limited . In the second phase, the Metro would be extended up to Dwarka Sector 21, an official said.
Earlier, the government had earlier cleared the detailed project report for Metro extension from HUDA City Centre to Gurugram railway station—a route that was financial feasible but unpopular.
Another project that was approved was extending the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) from Ghata to Vatika Chowk. The GMDA plans to spend ₹280 crore on building flyovers, underpasses and widening this road. “We will have to finalize the source of funds,” GMDA chief executive officer V Umashankar said.
Officials privy to the matter, however, said the SPR upgrade faced opposition as some stakeholders wanted judicious distribution of resources.
“One of the private members raised the issue of non-existent roads in sectors 68 to 80 and that focus should be on providing basic infrastructure to residents,” a senior official present in the meeting said.
Gururgam MP Rao Inderjit Singh, also a member of the executive committee, said there was “urgent need” to save rainwater that getting wasted during monsoons, but the project to construct storm water drains along the SPR and Central Peripheral Road to take rainwater run-off up to Najafgarh drain was not approved for want of “more consideration”.
However, setting up a flower market and centre of excellence in Sector 52A were approved.
Outlining the budget, Umashankar chief said GMDA will spend ₹90 crore on setting up Integrated Command Centre, citywide CCTV and intelligent traffic management systems; ₹59 crore on improving mobility infrastructure, such as foot over bridges (Fobs), junctions and a bus stand; ₹23 crore provided for developing ponds, parks, green belts;₹59crore set aside for social infrastructure, including a medical college, among other projects.
A fund of ₹535 crore—to be received as external development charges— was made for infrastructure development. The fund will be used to maintain roads, setting up water and sewage pipelines, storm water drainage, buildings and buying land.
Umashankar informed that ₹43 crore shall be spent on building a master road in Sector 72/72A; ₹86.95 crore on maintenance of road and operations. “An amount of ₹208 crore will be spent on water supply, sewage, drainage and water recycling,” he informed the meeting.
Source : HT