Satellite cities to grow with Metro III
Aug 10, 2012
Source : The Financial Express

New Delhi: The elevated stretch of the Metro extension connecting Delhi outskirts to Bahadurgarh in Haryana, will pave the way for the much-sought-after development in the area, said officials. The 11.1-km Metro line will traverse the largely uninhabited locations of the two states and will help connect the various cities in the NCR. 

For the first time, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will develop around half-a-kilometre area on both sides of the corridor. “Plots adjacent to the Metro stations will be taken from the respective governments. Based on the nature the station’s location, the adjoining areas will be developed. The property would be developed as mixed-land use — both residential and commercial,” said a DMRC official. 
The extension of the Phase III corridor from Mundka in Delhi to Bahadurgarh in Haryana has seven stations — MIA (Mundka Industrial Authority), Ghevra, Tikri Kalan, Tikri Border, MIE (Mundka Industrial Estate), Bus Stand and City Park. 
The extension was approved by the EGOM — Empowered Group of Ministers — on Tuesday. 
The first four Metro stations on the corridor, measuring roughly 6.3 km, fall in Delhi. The remaining stations come under Haryana. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 1,991 crore — Rs 912 crore will be borne by the Haryana government and the remaining Rs 1,079 crore will footed by the Delhi government. 
Most of the areas beyond Mundka is either vacant or is being used by industrial estates. “So we are contemplating developing the area surrounding the industrial estate as an IT corridor or commercial estate. Some plots in the vicinity of the stations will be developed as residential complexes,” said the official. 
A depot is also being planned near the proposed bus station, for which around 10 hectares of land will be handed over by the Haryana government. 
According to Census 2011, the population of Bahadurgarh is set to touch four lakhs by the end of the year. With the Metro now reaching up to Bahadurgarh, the town planners foresee vast infrastructure development in the adjoining areas. “The land is cheap in Bahadurgarh. Several educational institutions have come up in the area. Investors have been demanding Metro connectivity in the area. With the approval of the Phase III extension, the place with see tremendous infrastructure development. The rate of properties in Mundka and adjacent areas will also shoot up,” said A K Jain, former commissioner (planning) of the DDA. 
At the same time, officials said, for the ambitious concept of central NCR to take off, a rapid train system ought to be in place. “There has to be a well-defined network, which should not be only limited to the Metro. There should be better connectivity to the suburban towns through a rapid train system— both monorail and a high-speed train service. Also we need other pre-requisite like water supply, power and land availability for a successful sub-city project,” said Jain.

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