New Delhi (Urban Transport News): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) board given its approval to alter the arrangement of the Phase 3 metro project which includes the Noida Electronic City-Mohan Nagar line. The alteration is projected to enable smooth integration with the proposed Sahibabad station of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor. DMRC is coming up with a corridor from Noida Electronic City station on the Blue line to Mohan Nagar station of the Red Line. The cost of this project as calculated is going to be around Rs 1,786 crore.
The corridor is going to include Vaibhav Khand, Indirapuram, Shaktikhan, Vasundhara Sector-2, Sahibabad and Mohan Nagar stations. The work is likely to start this year and the project is expected to be completed by next year 2020. According to a recent Time of India report, the proposed Vasundhara Sector 2 metro station will be shifted towards Sahibabad on Link Road, in the revised plan. This move will reduce the distance to less than 200 metres with the proposed Sahibabad RRTS station. To ensure smooth movement from one mode of transport to the other the RRTS station and the metro station will then be connected through a skywalk. Explaining on integration of metro with RRTS, Kanchan Verma, chairperson, Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) said-
We had asked Delhi Metro to alter the alignment of Noida Electronic City to Mohan Nagar metro line in a manner so that Sahibabad RRTS station could be integrated. The DMRC has agreed to it and is likely to submit the revised DPR within a fortnight.
DMRC has been asked to make a revised Detailed Project Report (DPR). Although this is not the first time that DMRC has been made to revise the DPR for Phase 3 corridor. As per the current DPR, the distance between Sahibabad RRTS station and Vasundhara Sector 2 metro station is about 1.6 km which would make it impossible for a skywalk to be constructed between the two stations.
Last year, when DMRC submitted the first DPR for the proposed metro extensions in Ghaziabad, from Noida Electronic City to Sahibabad, GDA decided to extend the line to Mohan Nagar, which required the DPR to be revised. Initially, the proposed corridor was supposed to be 5.11 Km and it was supposed to be till Sahibabad. However, after the revision, the corridor was extended to Mohan Nagar which increased the length of the corridor to nearly 6 Km.