New Delhi: A year after Delhi Metro ventured into Ghaziabad with the Anand Vihar-Vaishali corridor, its preparing to start work on another alignment. Senior officials in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) confirmed that the detailed project report on a new alignment from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Terminal along GT Road in Ghaziabad had been submitted to Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).Work on the corridor is expected to start soon,said Kumar Keshav,director (projects ), Delhi Metro.
The 9.41km corridor will start from Dilshad Garden and terminate at the bus stand located near the Mahamaya Sports Stadium.The alignment, which was earlier to terminate at Mohan Nagar has been extended to cater to a larger section, said Keshav. According to Delhi Metro, the connection to Ghaziabad via Dilshad Garden will prove beneficial not only for Delhi, but also for Ghaziabad residents as it will provide an alternative to the current Anand Vihar-Vaishali line. There are strong possibilities for extending the line beyond New Bus Terminal in the next stage,up to Raj Nagar on Hapur Road, said Keshav.
The alignment will have seven stations at Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala and New Bus Stand.The average distance between the stations is 1.35km,said Keshav. Discussions with the GDA have been very positive. The alignment will benefit more than 12 lakh people living in Ghaziabad, he said. Incidentally, in 2010 DMRC had proposed the extension of the Anand Vihar to Vaishali line up to Mohan Nagar. This would connect the proposed Mohan Nagar Metro station on the Dilshad Garden-New Bus Terminal corridor.Approximate length of this extension will be 8km.In the next stage of the corridor, Delhi Metro has proposed to extend the line further to Raj Nagar.
The detailed project report states that on completion of the proposed extension up to Raj Nagar in Ghaziabad in the next phase, the Delhi Metro corridor via Shahdara will become approximately 38km long stretching between Rithala in the west and Raj Nagar in the east.Maintenance and stabling requirement of the corridor will be met from Shastri Park Depot located in the Yamuna Khadir, nearly 4km west of Shahdara station.Metro commuters from Ghaziabad will be able reach New Delhi Station, Connaught Place, AIIMS, IIT and Qutub Minar with one interchange at Kashmiri Gate station with this alignment as well. Source>>>