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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has suggested a proposal to construct a 5.6 km spur line from Puth Khurd to Holambi Kalan to better serve the Narela area being developed as a major housing hub by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
This spur line is in addition to the already proposed 22.9 km long Metrolite Corridor from Rithala to Narela under Phase-4 of Delhi Metro. DDA has planned Narela for large-scale housing and commercial projects and as per a DDA official, the current alignment of the corridor either does not touch or just passes by the periphery of the areas where economic activities have been planned.
The DMRC has suggested that one single alignment cannot serve the entire area with just one corridor. Therefore, in addition to the original corridor already proposed between Rithala and Narela (22.9 km), a spur of 5.6 km, from Puth Khurd to Holambi Kalan, may be planned.
As a result, both DDA and DMRC are working together to better serve the Narela area which is one of the three sub-cities planned by DDA in a big way other than Dwarka and Rohini.
According to a senior DDA official, “We have been holding joint inspections with DMRC officials to finalise the alignment of the line. Our teams recently did a site inspection to assess the feasibility of the proposed line that will cater to a much larger area in Narela sub-city.”
As per officials, DDA has decided to pay INR 1000 Crores to DMRC for the construction of the Metro project and has made provision of INR 400 Crores in its budget for the fiscal 2021-22.
According to Anuj Dayal, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, DMRC, “In addition to the original corridor already proposed between Rithala and Narela, a spur of 5.6km from Puth Khurd to Holambi Kalan has been suggested to serve future developments in the area. However, these alignments have not yet received the mandatory approval from the government.”
Meanwhile, DMRC has already prepared and submitted the DPR (Detail Project Report) for the construction of Light Metro Corridor from Rithala to Narela to the Central Government, approval for which is yet to be received.
This article first appeared on www.metrorailnews.in
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