New Delhi: A bill providing for extension of metro rail services beyond Delhi was approved by the Lok Sabha on Thursday with the Centre saying it was ready to introduce such mode of modern transport in any city where the state government bears half the cost.
In the immediate future, The Metro Railways (Amendment) Bill would provide legal sanction to extend the operation of the Delhi Metro Rail service to neighbouring Noida, where services are expected to begin later this month.
Moving the bill, Urban Development minister S Jaipal Reddy said extension of metro rail across the National Capital Region was an urgent matter to revolutionise transport system in view of the Commonwealth Games to be held here in October next year.
The legislation was passed after a brief discussion as most of the members cutting across party lines supported it with a number of them seeking such modern transport system for their own areas.
Responding to the members’ suggestions, Reddy said the bill facilitates extension of metro rail transport to all cities of the country with population over 10 lakh if there is political will.
He said the Centre was ready to organise 50% equity to set up metro rail in any city provided the state government takes initiative and arranges for the remaining funds.