In the interim budget that was announced in the first week of February, the DMRC received a grant of over ₹400 crores in order to supplement it’s Noida and Ghaziabad metro extension plans.
The money will be used by the DMRC for ongoing Metro projects that involve construction of an extension of the Blue Line and other minor construction works Red Line that connects Ghaziabad.
According to reports released by the DMRC, the total budget received for upkeep, extension and enhancement of the metros was approximately ₹18,000 crores. Of this, ₹414 crores will go into the extension for the two metro routes- the Blue Line and the Red Line. The Blue line will get an extension stretching from the Noida City Centre metro station to Noida Electronic City line.
As for the Red Line, the cost will be used in order to complete construction and give the new Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda line in Ghaziabad finishing touches. The allotted budget will also be used to boost construction work on these routes so as to have it ready for the public as soon as possible.
The Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden will soon be open to the public. The extension will connect the metro line to Ghaziabad’s New Bus Adda. The route will cover eight stations- Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and New Bus Adda.
The extended route underwent trials and inspections on Tuesday, February 5. As per authorities, the goal is to have the metro open by the end of this month.
Last year, the DMRC only received an insufficient grant, under which they could not complete the extensions and were unable to ensure upkeep of stations. With this year’s interim budget, they aim to tackle a plethora of issues as well as use it for expansion of the metro system.