Gzb Metro likely to be ready by Sept

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - Peeyush Khan­del­wal peeyush.khan­del­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

GHAZIABAD: The Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (DMRC) has said it has set a tar­get of Septem­ber 2018 to com­plete the un­der-con­struc­tion 9.41km Metro ex­ten­sion to Ghaziabad from Dil­shad Gar­den in Delhi.

The DMRC, how­ever, said the dead­line is sub­ject to a fi­nal nod from the Cen­tre and re­lease of funds by the Ghaziabad De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (GDA).

The MOU be­tween the DMRC and GDA was signed in June 2014 and of­fi­cials ex­pected the work to com­plete by June 2017.

But the dead­line was re­vised to June 2018 and now to Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter filed by DMRC in re­sponse to a query filed by a 74-year-old se­nior cit­i­zen from Ghaziabad.

The ear­lier project com­ple­tion date was June 2018. The de­lay in re­leas­ing funds to DMRC has been a ma­jor is­sue. In its re­ply, the DMRC said the GDA had pro­vided only ₹810 crore out of a to­tal share of ₹1,484 crore that was to be pro­vided by dif­fer­ent UP agen­cies.

“The tar­get date for com­ple­tion is Septem­ber 2018, sub­ject to sanc­tion of project by Govern- ment of In­dia and pro­vi­sion of funds by GDA,” the copy of the let­ter sent to GDA, stated.

The query was raised by VC Jain, a re­tired of­fi­cer of the Delhi gov­ern­ment and a res­i­dent of Ra­jen­dra Na­gar in Ghaziabad.

“I wrote at least 100 let­ters to Ghaziabad author­i­ties but there was no re­ply. Fi­nally, I wrote to the UP CM through the in­te­grated griev­ance re­dres­sal sys­tem... The project has been de­layed and caus­ing a lot of in­con­ve­nience to com­muters,” Jain added.

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