Ghaziabad: Disappointing the residents of Vaishali, who were eagerly waiting for the commencement of Anand Vihar –Vaishali line, Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has hinted at a possible week-long delay in the launch of the metro services in the region.

The metro service is now likely to be flagged-off on July 16. Earlier, the metro services were to be inaugurated on July 9.

Informing about the delay, GDA Vice-President Narendra Kumar Chaudhary said that Chief Minister Mayawati, who was to inaugurate the metro services, is not available on July 9 that led to the postponement.

“Now, the metro services will likely to be kicked-off on July 16,” Chaudhary said.

Notably, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had asked GDA to decide the inauguration date in the first week of July. The GDA had fixed the date of July 9 but, due to prior engagements of Mayawati, GDA wanted to change the date of inauguration to July 6 which was not acceptable by DMRC. Hence, GDA had to shift the inauguration date from July 6 to 16.

Remarkably, with the 2.57 km extension of Anand Vihar –Vaishali line, the total length of Yamuna Bank to Vaishali metro line (line 4) would extend up to 8.74 km.

At present, almost 90,000 commuters from Ghaziabad use the Anand Vihar metro station every day.

The route will also make it more convenient for workers employed in Sahibabad Industrial Area to commute to and from office.

To connect the Sahibabad Industrial Area from both Vaishali and Kaushambi metro stations, a foot overbridge is also being constructed.

Both these stations will come up with appropriate parking facilities. Vaishali station will have a parking capacity of 250 cars whereas Kaushambi will have a capacity of parking 100 four wheelers.

JPN/ Bureau