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Ghaziabad gears up to give Noida, Gurgaon run for their money

Ghaziabad gears up to give Noida, Gurgaon run for their money
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Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) proposes to execute projects worth Rs 6,670 crore in the next five years to match with the developmental index of other satellite cities of the NCR, such as Noida and Gurgaon.

In the long list of 15 major projects, the 30 km peripheral Metro scheme stands out. The authority has also decided to generate revenue from its own resources to fund this mega infrastructure project. They are likely to impose city development charge on all upcoming projects in its area.

‘Ghaziabad is one of the most rapidly developing satellite cities in NCR and we need to focus on infrastructure development to accommodate over 30 lakh population by 2021. We have to boost our infrastructure in areas such as roads, transport, Metro connectivity, bridges connecting river Hindon, flyovers, underpasses, city bus service and other civic amenities,’ said, vice-chairman of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), briefing the media persons about the decisions of the 132th meeting of GDA Board in Ghaziabad on Tuesday.

‘In addition to the basic infrastructure, we have have planned some world-class projects such as international sports stadium, city forest, city lake, and amusement park. These will help Ghaziabad standout globally,’ added Yadav.

The major project of the authority is the 30 km peripheral Metro, which will encircle Ghaziabad city.

As per the proposal, the estimated cost of the project would be Rs 400 crore per km, of which GDA will have to share at least 50 per cent. An estimated budget of Rs 3,000 crore has been earmarked for the project.

According to the officers of the planning department, the peripheral Metro line would connect Vijay Nagar, Lal Quan and Meerut T point at NH-58. ‘The orientation of the Metro line would be done in such a way that all the existing and upcoming townships of GDA would be connected,’ added Yadav.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has already approved 9.41 km Metro line from Dilshad Garden to Ghaziabad bus stand and the extension of Metro line from City Centre in Noida to Indirapuram and Vaishali Metro stations are in the pipeline.

Another major infrastructural project designed to decongest traffic on National Highway- 24 and provide signal free access to residents of Raj Nagar Extension and upcoming townships in the area is the construction of elevated corridor on NH-24 from UP Gate near Ghazipur Grade Separator to NH-58. The project has been approved by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and is proposed to be constructed in cooperation with Noida. The GDA will invest Rs 400 crore in the
project.

‘As more townships are coming up across the Hindon river, GDA will construct four new bridges on the river to facilitate the vehicular movement and provide better connectivity to citizens,’ explained Yadav. The authority has earmarked Rs 400 crore for the bridges over Hindon river. In addition, the GDA has planned over- and under-passes, multi-level parking and civic amenities in its area.

‘As per the guidelines of the state government, we will impose city development charge (CDS) to collect Rs 6,670 crore to fund these projects. We have estimated that about 20,000 acres of land could be made available in the next three years for various upcoming projects.

A proposal to impose CDS of Rs 824 per sq has been approved by the board and is being sent to the state government for approval,’ added Yadav emphasising of self reliance of the authority.
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