NEW DELHI (Metro Rail & Steel): Homebuyers residing in Greater Noida West have taken to the streets, staging a protest at the Ek Murti roundabout, fervently demanding the long-overdue fulfillment of promised metro connectivity. The residents, grappling with unfulfilled assurances made a decade ago regarding a metro corridor, linking the Blue Line’s Sector 51 to Aqua Line, have expressed their deep frustration. The recent rejection of the detailed project report (DPR) by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for the proposed skywalk connecting DMRC’s Sector 51 metro station with Noida NMRC’s Sector 52 metro station has added fuel to their grievances. This rejection, attributed to an Interchange shift, has further intensified the delays, prompting dismay among the residents.
Dinkar Pandey, a resident of Ajnara Homes in Sector 16B, conveyed the sentiments of the community, stating, “The PMO’s rejection of the DPR despite meticulous planning and years of anticipation has disheartened Greater Noida West residents. This decision will inevitably lead to extended delays until a new DPR is prepared.” Organized under the banners of the New Era Flat Owners Association and the Noida Estate Flat Owners Main Association, residents are gearing up to escalate their protest by gathering at Jantar Mantar on December 10 and seeking a meeting with Union Minister Hardeep Puri.
The rejection of the DPR primarily revolves around concerns regarding the proposed 14.9km Metro corridor between Delhi Metro’s Blue Line’s Noida Sector 51 and Greater Noida’s Aqua Line Sector 51. A proposed alteration suggests initiating the link from Blue Line’s Sector 61 Station instead of Aqua Line’s Sector 51, aiming to enhance connectivity between the two lines. However, this decision has left residents, in dire need of efficient public transport, deeply disappointed and eager for a prompt resolution.