Project to link Gurgaon, IGI airport awaiting clearance

Project to link Gurgaon, IGI airport awaiting clearance

New Delhi: Haryana is awaiting clearance of Delhi government and the Centre on the project to link Gurgaon with IGI airport here through metro rail service.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Wednesday said he had written to Union urban development minister S Jaipal Reddy and offered to bear the entire cost of the project, including that of the Delhi stretch of 42 metres.

He was speaking at 31st meeting of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) here.

He urged the Centre and Delhi Government to accord immediate approval to extension of metro link from Badarpur to Faridabad.

A detailed project report has already been prepared in this regard and the project approved by DMRC.

Hooda also requested the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to reconsider its proposal to extend metro service to Sonepat-Kundli in Haryana.

Referring to the issue of improvement of road connectivity between Delhi and National Capital Region towns, Hooda pointed out that the traffic between towns of the region and the city has increased manifold and existing road links are grossly inadequate.

He said important links that are still awaiting approval included a road connecting Mehrauli-Gurgaon with Andheria Mor-Mahipalpur and another road connecting Gurgaon with Nazafgarh. The chief minister pointed out that these links cannot be developed until and unless the Delhi Development Authority makes necessary provision in the Zonal Development Plans.

He said his government has plans to develop a number of modern townships in the state which includes Education City at Sonipat, Bio Science City, Medi City, Cyber City at Sampla, Fashion City, Entertainment City, World Trade City at Gurgaon, Leather City near Nuh, Leisure City near Sohna and Dry Port City near Prithla in Palwal.

Hooda said the Haryana government has already acquired 2026 acres of land to develop Rajiv Gandhi Education City at Sonipat.

Welcoming the Metro Railways (Amendment) Act, 2009, that provides legal frame work for extension of Delhi Metro outside NCT of Delhi, Hooda said his government has made concerted efforts to build transport infrastructure in the adjoining towns of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bahadurgarh and Sonepat-Kundli.

The Delhi-Gurgaon metro project is likely to be completed by the end of June, 2010, well before the Commonwealth Games.

Hooda also urged the Central government to enhance budgetary support to NCRPB and grant-in-aid to states.

Drawing attention of the Centre towards pollution in river Yamuna, Hooda said the quality of water which Haryana is getting from Delhi is highly polluted.