Rithala-Narela metro cor­ri­dor to get Cen­tre’s green sig­nal

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The Narela sub-city is fi­nally go­ing to get the much­needed metro con­nec­tiv­ity. “The Rithala-Narela cor­ri­dor of the Delhi Metro’s Phase-IV project will get the Cen­tre’s ap­proval soon,” Union min­is­ter for hous­ing and ur­ban af­fairs Hardeep Singh Puri said on Fri­day.

Speak­ing at a sem­i­nar on ‘Land pool­ing: Build­ing In­dia’s cap­i­tal,’ Puri said that the 21.7km-long Rithala-Bawana-Narela cor­ri­dor and two other cor­ri­dors of the Phase-IV project will re­ceive ap­provals in the next few months. La­j­pat Na­gar-Saket G Block (7.9 km) and In­der­lok-In­draprastha (12.5km) are the two other cor­ri­dors that are await­ing the Cen­tre’s nod.

The state govern­ment had given ap­proval to all the six pro­posed cor­ri­dors of Phase-IV in De­cem­ber last year. How­ever, the Union Cab­i­net gave its green sig­nal to only three cor­ri­dors in March this year: Tugh­lak­abadAe­roc­ity (20.2km), Janakpuri West-RK Ashram (28.9 km) and Mukund­pur-Mau­jpur (12.5 km). Back then, Puri had said: “There is an ur­gent need for mo­bil­i­sa­tion of the much-de­layed PhaseIV project of the Delhi Metro, and that is why three of the six cor­ri­dors have been given ap­proval on pri­or­ity. The other three cor­ri­dors would be ap­proved later.”

The Rithala-Bawana-Narela cor­ri­dor would see the Delhi Metro reach pe­riph­eral ar­eas that are plagued by poor trans­port ser­vices. Apart from connecting far flung sec­tors of Ro­hini, the cor­ri­dor will also touch Bar­wala, Puth Khurd, Bawana, San­oth and Narela ar­eas. It will not only pro­vide con­nec­tiv­ity to the in­dus­trial hubs, but also en­sure that life can be breathed into the ghost town of Narela sub-city. De­vel­oped by Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (DDA), Narela has been cre­ated as a self-suf­fi­cient sub­c­ity. But due to the lack of con­nec­tiv­ity, few fam­i­lies pre­fer stay­ing in the area. DDA hopes that the metro would re­vive the area.

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