CHANDIGARH: After two years delay, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today inaugurated the 11-km elevated Bahadurgarh-Mundka Metro Line build at a cost off Rs 2,028-crore via video conference. He said that proc betiated to connect Delhi with Ghaziabad-Meerut besides connecting Delhi with Sonepat and Panipat and also two modern metro coach manufacturing plants were being set up at Vadodara in Gujarat and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The project has already been delayed by more than two years.
The Mundka-Bahadurgarh stretch will have seven stations-four in Delhi (Mundka Industrial Area, Ghevra, Tikri Kalan and Tikri border) and three in Bahadurgarh (Modern Industrial Estate, Bus Stand and City Park). This is the third place in Haryana, after Gurugram and Faridabad to be connected like this. Modi said that process had been initiated to connect Delhi with Ghaziabad- Meerut besides connecting Delhi with Sonepat and Panipat under the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), a semi-high speed rail corridor.
"Our government's priority is to build convenient, comfortable and affordable urban transport systems in cities. We brought out first metro policy in 2017 catering to all issues related to metros. Earlier, there was no such policy. The transport system is being integrated to provide better transport facilities to the general masses", he said. He said that two modern metro coach manufacturing plants were being set up at Vadodara in Gujarat and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. After these are set up, India will be able to export metro coaches to other countries. Describing the process of making Metro system as a symbol of cooperative federalism, he said wherever the metros were being built in India, the Centre and the respective state governments worked together.
Modi said that the Union Government has brought out a policy relating to Metros, to bring uniformity and standardization in metro rail networks across the country. He said the objective is to build convenient, comfortable and affordable urban transport systems in our cities. He said that the aim is also to boost "Make in India" by making metro rail coaches in India itself. Stating that New India required new and smart infrastructure, Modi said the Union Government was working on roads, railways, highways, airways and i-ways. There is focus on connectivity and on ensuring that development projects are completed on time, he added.
Modi spoke of how the Metro in Delhi has positively impacted the lives of citizens. He said besides making travel easy and hassle-free for the commuters and passengers, it would pace up development of Bahadurgarh, the gateway to Haryana, and the nearby areas. Noting that Bahadurgarh is witnessing tremendous economic growth, he said that there are several educational centres there, and students from there even travel to Delhi.
The Metro will make this more convenient, he added. Earlier Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, said cost of Rs 2,028 crore had been incurred on this 11-km track. The foundation was laid on February 2, 2013. It will not only benefit about 1.5 lakh passengers, who travel daily to Delhi and come back, but other passengers as well. They all would now experience the 'ease of living' as they would face less traffic congestion on roads, he added. He said that the Union Government had approved two projects for Haryana under the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS). These are connecting Delhi with Alwar via Gurugram and Manesar besides connecting Delhi with Panipat via Sonipat.
He said the Haryana Government had sent proposals to the Union Government for connecting Delhi with Palwal-Hodal under RRTS, besides laying metro lines from HUDA City Centre Gurugram to Manesar. These also include providing connectivity to Railway Station in Old Gurugram, from Bahadurgarh to Sampla, from Mujessar to Ballabhgarh (3.5 Km stretch), Dwarka (Delhi) to Badsa (Jhajjar) where an outreach OPD of AIIMS is running and a heart care as well as an national cancer hospital is also coming up.
He said the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway was nearing completion and the Prime Minister, Narender Modi, would be requested to inaugurate it. A part of this E-way, from Palwal to Manesar, has already been made operational.