Saturday, June 12, 2010

Now Delhi Metro to Connect Ballabhgarh

Even as the proposed extension of Delhi Metro lines to Faridabad awaits clearance from the Delhi administration, the Haryana government claimed that it had sanctioned the extension of the Metro up to Ballabhgarh.

Haryana chief secretary Urvashi Gulati made the announcement while addressing the 57th annual general meeting of Faridabad Industrial Association at Faridabad on Friday. Earlier, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had also announced the state’s intention to take the Metro beyond Faridabad to improve connectivity up to Ballabhgarh.

The Centre had also set up a three member committee to facilitate the extension of Delhi Metro to Faridabad and Bahadurgarh after the matter was raised at the last meeting of the national capital regional planning board.

The Haryana government’s desire to take the Metro to Faridabad and Ballabhgarh is also being seen as a move to boost Faridabad’s development, which had lagged behind during Om Prakash Chautala’s regime.

As of now the plan to extend the Metro from Badarpur border to Faridabad has not been cleared by Delhi government. ‘‘We expect a decision on this soon. The issue has been taken up with the Delhi government and the urban development ministry has endorsed it,’’ said a Haryana official.

Earlier in the day, claiming that Faridabad was a priority area, Gulati said an Industrial Model Township was being developed on 1,800 acres in Faridabad. The government will also set up a factory complex in Faridabad to facilitate small industrial units.