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Badarpur-Faridabad metro corridor: NCR’s first solar equipped metro line

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Delhi-NCR’s first solar-equipped Badarpur-Faridabad Metro corridor will be inaugurated by PM Modi on Sunday, which will hopefully provide relief to 1.95 lakh passengers per day by December 2015.

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It will be the first corridor in which all the stations and depots will be equipped with solar power plants and would ensure commuting to the Delhi suburb gets quicker.

The 13.87 km Delhi (Badarpur)-Faridabad (Escorts Mujesar) Metro corridor is equipped with solar power generation facilities at all stations and depots.

The new facility will also ease out travelling for commuters who have to presently rely on shared auto rickshaws and state buses for their further journey to Faridabad from Badarpur Metro Station.

“I stay in Faridabad Sector 86. Everyday it takes about 30 minutes to reach the Badarpur metro station by an autorickshaw from my house. The distance is about 11 km. The Metro will help reduce the travel time significantly,” said Suresh Kumar, who works in a media organisation.

The new corridor will have Delhi Metro’s first ever green electrical Receiving Sub Station (RSS) with a host of eco-friendly features and this will be constructed at Faridabad to cater to the energy requirements of the upcoming completely elevated corridor.

The Rs.2,900-crore project, an extension of the currently operational violet line between ITO and Badarpur – will have nine stations — Sarai, NHPC Chowk, Mewala Maharajpur, Sector 28, Badkal Mor, Old Faridabad, Neelam Chowk Ajronda, Bata Chowk and Escorts Mujesar.

A media preview and train ride was organised by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on the Faridabad corridor on Friday.

Talking to reporters, Anuj Dayal, executive director (corporate communications), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), said: “Two more stations at NCB Colony and Ballabhgarh will also be added to this line by 2017, which will increase the length of the line by 3.2 km.”

“This is the first solar line in Delhi. These solar plants will partially fulfill the energy requirements of the corridor. The minimum rate of tickets will start from Rs.8,” Dayal added.

The depot for this section has been constructed near Sector 20A in Faridabad and will be called Ajronda Depot.

Stating that the power generated would be used for the lighting and other auxiliary requirements of the station and depot buildings, Dayal said: “The power Receiving Sub Station (RSS) of the Faridabad corridor has already been developed as a green building with a 50 KWp solar plant, rain water harvesting and constructed wet land type of sewage treatment plant facilities.”

From ITO, the section will expand up to Kashmere Gate on the other side.

Once fully operational, Line-6 will run from Kashmere Gate to Ballabhgarh along 46.60 km and 34 stations. Of these, five – Kashmere Gate, Mandi House, Central Secretariat, Lajpat Nagar and Kalkaji Mandir – will be interchange stations.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Delhi Government Gives Nod To a Project to Create Reservoirs in Yamuna Flood Plain

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report

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The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi's water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month's time. Pixabay

To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river during the monsoon season, an official statement said.

The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi’s water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month’s time, the statement said.

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report on the project.

The report recommended that an amount of Rs 77,000 per acre should be paid to the farmers for leasing their land for the pilot project.

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To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river. Pixabay

“The farmers will get the sum according to the number of acres of land they give the government on lease for the pilot project,” the government said.

The government claims that the pilot project will prove to be a game-changer not only for Delhi, but for the whole country which is facing huge water crisis in different parts.

It also said the project is first of its kind in the country.

“The important project aims at conserving water in the Yamuna floodplains and creating a mega reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad to deal with the water shortage in Delhi, particularly during summer months,” the government said.

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The project envisages creation of small ponds in the floodplains which will catch overflows from the Yamuna during the monsoon.

“Most of the approvals have been received for the pilot project, barring two from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) committees, which are expected very soon,” it said.

Kejriwal also thanked Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for the quick approvals by the Centre for the project and cooperation Delhi received from Centre for the pilot project. (IANS)