Ghaziabad is all set to witness a series of inaugurations as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will visit the city on Friday. They will be flagging off the services of a red line corridor of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and a civilian airport at Hindon airbase of Indian Air Force (IAF).
On one hand, the residents are quite hopeful with the latest additions to their civic amenities, on the other hand, they are worried over seamless arrangements of the events.
Meanwhile, Ghaziabad police has released a traffic advisory and route diversion plan. The residents going towards Meerut and NH24 will be mostly affected, especially, the residents of Rajnagar extension as elevated road and Meerut tri-junction are likely to be closed.
“I had to go to Pilakua tomorrow. Now, I would have to postpone my journey to Saturday,” said Sachin Rana, a resident of Star Rameshwaram, a high rise society in Rajnagar Extension.
The PM is scheduled to arrive at the airbase around 4 pm and head to the New Bus Adda metro station. After inaugurating the new metro corridor, the PM will head to the airbase, where he will launch the civilian operations. A public meeting would be followed at an adjacent ground after the launch.
The new metro stretch is the 9.4-km long. The Dishad Garden-New Bus Adda section of the Red Line will further extend to the 25.09-km long Rithala to Dilshad Garden corridor. The line that already has 21 stations will add another 8, namely, Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and New Bus Adda.
This new stretch of the DMRC will ease the commute for residents of Ghaziabad. After this new stretch, the Delhi Metro network will span across 336.5 km with 244 stations. Currently, it is spread across 327 km with 235 stations.
The IAF permitted use of the airbase for civilian flights under the regional air connectivity scheme of the central government, UDAN (Ude Desh ke Aam Nagrik) that seeks to connect the airports in the farthest corners of the country as well as make flying more affordable.
Civilian operations from Hindon airbase is expected to lower the load from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Airport Authority of India has sanctioned six services to eight cities of the six states. Besides Uttar Pradesh, flight operations would be extended to Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra.