GREATER NOIDA (Metro Rail & Steel): The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has unveiled ambitious plans to revolutionize travel convenience by establishing seamless connectivity between the Shaheed Sthal Metro station on the Red Line of the Delhi Metro and the Ghaziabad Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) station. This development aims to alleviate the hassles faced by commuters switching between the two major transit facilities.
The forthcoming foot over-bridge, spanning 300 meters, will serve as a vital link between the Shaheed Sthal Metro station and the Ghaziabad RRTS station. Puneet Vats, Chief Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NCRTC, announced that this groundbreaking initiative is expected to materialize within the next three months, streamlining commuter movement between the two bustling stations.
Currently, navigating the interchange between the Shaheed Sthal Metro station and Ghaziabad RRTS station poses challenges due to a congested intersection in Ghaziabad. Commuters often encounter difficulties crossing the busy street to transition between the Metro and RRTS networks. The new foot over-bridge aims to mitigate these challenges, offering a safe and efficient passage for passengers.
In addition to this transformative connectivity initiative, officials have revealed plans for three more similar projects at Anand Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan, and the RRTS station in Meerut. These initiatives seek to enhance multi-modal transit experiences, ensuring smoother interchanges for commuters across the region.
Furthermore, in a bid to bolster transit infrastructure, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has approached the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to update the detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed Metro route from Noida Sector-62 to Sahibabad. This strategic move aims to integrate the Metro network with the Sahibabad RRTS station in the future, facilitating seamless connectivity for commuters.
Manvendra Singh, officiating Chief Engineer of GDA, highlighted the need for an updated DPR to accommodate the envisioned integration between the Metro and RRTS systems. The revision in the DPR aims to lay the groundwork for a cohesive transit network, aligning the Metro expansion plans with the upcoming RRTS station in Sahibabad.
However, the undertaking of Metro expansion projects in Ghaziabad faces a financial hurdle, as the Uttar Pradesh government declined to provide state funding for the proposed Metro extensions in January. This funding constraint has posed a challenge for GDA in executing these vital infrastructure projects, impacting the envisioned Metro expansion in Ghaziabad.