Ghaziabad: The cost of the Detail Project Report (DPR) of Metro Phase II project of new bus station from Dilshad Garden can be amended for second time. In the meeting held in Lucknow, GDA Vice-President Ritu Maheshwari, in presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, said that 90 per cent of Phase II’s work is going to be completed and no more funds are needed. On this, the Chief Minister has instructed the GDA to get a review from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on the project and the total cost so far. As per the instructions of CM, the GDA will have to sent to the proposal to review DPR of phase-II metro project to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
In a meeting chaired by CM, GDA Vice President Ritu Maheshwari argued that nearly 90 per cent of the Ghaziabad Metro Phase II project has been completed. Finishing work on the elevated track is now being done after electrification and the main civil works in eight metro stations. At the same time, after getting No Objection Certificate (NOC) for phase-II project from the Central Government, a contribution of Rs 402.40 million will be given. In this case, the rest of the project needs to be fulfilled from this fund.
The first DPR of Metro project was prepared for Rs 1,779 crores, which was later increased to Rs 2,210 crores. Since the inclusion of GDA, UPSIDC, Housing Development Council and Municipal Corporation in the project, the issue of funding the project was pending from the begining. According to departmental sources, after reviewing project cost from GDA, it is estimated to be lower.
The municipal contribution in phase II metro projects and the NOC from the Central Government has not been solved so far. After the clear denial for giving a contribution of Rs 247 crore by the municipal corporation, the problem of GDA was increased. Even after completion of 90% of the project work, the project has not yet received NOC from the Central Government. The Municipal Corporation will not contribute in funding for the project and the Corporation Board has passed a proposal in this regard in a meeting. However, the municipal corporation has given land for the metro project. The corporation is asking GDA to give the contribution of 236 crore. The ball is now in GDA’s lap.
The DMRC is skeptical of the trial in July. Proposal is yet to be sent to the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) for Safety Clearance. According to the policy DMRC can send the proposal for Safety Clearance only after getting the NOC of the Central Government. DMRC has completed most of the work, but whether it is willing to reduce the cost or not. This will be known in the coming days. The costs and contributions between the departments can be dragged. Its effect can come in the form of project and late. In such a way the trial is likely to move forward.
After getting the guidance from the government level on the delay in contributing to the Phase II project, the action of funding has increased. Despite this, Housing Development Council (HDC) has outstanding balance of Rs 159.54 crore and U.P.D.D.C. has Rs 33.70 crore. HDC had deposited Rs 80 crore and UPSIDC 30 crore in GDA against its contribution in last month.
The finishing of all eight metro stations and mainly the procurement of Metro Coach is yet to be done, in which a large part of the budget is estimated to be spent. On the other hand, the new proposal of GDA is likely to increase the dispute with the DMRC.