Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has received formal approval from the Delhi government for the extension of Metro network from YMCA Chowk to Ballabhgarh in Faridabad (Violet Line), Noida City Centre to Noida Sector 62 (Blue Line) and Dilshad Garden to Ghaziabad (Red Line), sources said.
While the approval for Dilshad Garden-Ghaziabad extension was received about a month ago, the approvals for the other two stretches were received about two weeks ago after a nod from the
L-G, the sources said.
According to sources, work on the stretches couldn’t begin before because the previous government was “not very enthusiastic about the projects, citing strain on the resources of DMRC and subsequent deterioration of work quality in Delhi itself”.
“Previously, the government nominees on the DMRC board were not keen on approving the project. They said the government was not willing. So, the projects were stuck all along. But now that things have come around, the DMRC board will give its final approval,” a source said.
According to DMRC officials, approvals from the Haryana and the Uttar Pradesh governments for the respective stretches have already been obtained from the relevant authorities, and that the only thing pending was a nod from the Delhi government itself.
Meanwhile, the opening of the Mandi House-Central Secretariat stretch is still on hold as DMRC awaits confirmation of dates from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety for inspection, DMRC officials say.