GURGAON/CHANDIGARH: The Union government on Tuesday approved the extension ofMetro rail connection from Mundka (Delhi) to Bahadurgarh (Haryana), giving a third such link in the NCR of Haryana.
The approval was accorded at a high-level empowered group of ministers meeting, headed by Union defence minister A K Antony in New Delhi. Gurgaon and Faridabad are the other two Haryana cities connected with national capital by Metro rail.
Union finance minister P Chidambram, urban development minister Kamal Nath, minister Praful Patel, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and deputy chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia attended the meeting.
The route length of Delhi Metro from Mundka to Bahadurgarh, Haryana will be 11.182 kms that would cost Rs 1,991 crore. Seven metro stations would be set up at Mundka Industrial Area, Ghevra, Tikri Kalan, Tikri Border, Modern Industrial Estate, Bahadurgarh Bus Stand and City Park between Mundka and Bahadurgarh. The construction work of the extension project will start later this year and would be completed by March, 2016.
Haryana segment of the approved extension would be 4.875 kms while Delhi segment would be 6.307 kms. Of the total project cost, Rs 912 crore will be for the Haryana segment whereas Rs 1,079 crore will be spent on Delhi segment. Haryana government will bear expenses of Rs 788 crore for the project and would also provide 10 hectares of land for constructing a Metro depot.
On completion in 2016, it will provide commuting facilities to about 96,000 passengers from Bahadurgarh to Delhi and vice-versa. By 2021-2022, this figure is likely to go up to 1,48,000, sources said.
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