Faridabad Metro link
The Delhi Metro’s extensions into the national capital region got a shot in the arm with the Haryana government signing an MoU with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the extension of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line. The 13.8km corridor, which is part of the Phase III of the Delhi Metro network, will have nine stations and will terminate at YMCA Chowk. Work on the extension has already started, with DMRC awarding the tender for the construction in February this year. The fully-elevated corridor, the longest Metro line in the NCR, will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2,494 crore and is expected to be commissioned by 2014, said a DMRC spokesperson. According to the detailed project report (DPR), the daily ridership of the 13.875 km metro corridor is expected to be 2.14 lakhs in 2014 after commissioning of the corridor. The corridor will be a standard gauge corridor, that is of 1435 mm. The stations on the corridor are Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector 27 A, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Ajronda, Faridabad New Town and YMCA Chowk. Added the DMRC spokesperson, “The funding pattern of the corridor is such that the Haryana government will give Rs 1,472.4 crore, which is excluding the cost of land. The government of India will pitch in with Rs 536.6 crore while DMRC will put in Rs 400 crore in the form of rolling stock.”The required land for the construction of the project is being provided free of cost by the Haryana government to DMRC on lease basis, the official added. A train maintenance depot will also be constructed near Sector 20 A in Faridabad and will be called Ajronda Depot. The work has commenced for the boundary wall, added the Delhi Metro spokesperson. The corridor will cover a distance of approximately 43.40km from Kashmere Gate to YMCA Chowk in Faridabad.