Ghaziabad: The proposal to extend the Blue line from Sector 62 in Noida to Indirapuram has run into a wall.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has refused to make changes in its design for the widening of NH-24 to accommodate this Metro project. The NHAI’s approval is needed since the Blue line has to cross NH-24 to reach Indirapuram.
Extending the Blue line to Indirapuram was a late decision by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), which asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to prepare a feasibility report. Work is currently under way on the original extension plan to take the Blue line from Noida Wave City Centre to Sector 62.
In a board meeting earlier this year, the GDA passed a proposal to bring the Metro to Indirapuram, which is currently fed by the Blue line at Vaishali. It also agreed to bear the cost, with a station planned near the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) camp.
“There was a meeting of the GDA, NHAI, DMRC and NCR planning board officials recently and the issue cropped up then,” said S C Diwedi, chief engineer, GDA. “The NHAI has put its foot down and it was conveyed to us in the meeting that it would not make any amendments in the design project for NH-24 broadening from UP Gate to Dasna to facilitate extension of Noida’s Sector 62 Metro line to Indirapuram,” Diwedi said.
When contacted, NHAI official Ravinder Kumar said, “The GDA should ideally have taken an NOC from the NHAI before conceiving the extension project which it did not and, as we know, the work for broadening of NH-24 from UP Gate and Dasna has already taken off, making it very difficult to change it at this stage.”
Extending the Blue line to Indirapuram was a late decision by the GDA.