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A Metro link for Narela Sub City

By Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

NEW DELHI, JAN. 28. With its investment of Rs 320 crores for providing connectivity to Dwarka through the Delhi Metro paying rich dividends, the Delhi Development Authority is now trying to have a Metro line extended to Narela Sub City as well for ensuring the success of that project.

Disclosing the plans, the Vice-Chairman of DDA, Madhukar Gupta, today said such a proposal will lead to increased interest in Narela, for which till date there are few takers and where a number of constructed flats are lying unoccupied at present. "We have suggested that the Barwala-Bawana line be extended up to Narela in either Phase II of the project itself or in the beginning of Phase III so that the area witnesses rapid growth.''

Mr Gupta said though Narela originally figures in Phase IV of the Delhi Metro's Master Plan, there is an urgent need to expedite its progress into this Sub-City to ensure its planned growth on the lines of Dwarka. However, as Narela had always been on the Metro map, he said, DDA would not like to chip in with the finances this time round until it becomes absolutely essential.

The Vice-Chairman said that plans have been drawn for constructing a big district centre in Dwarka close to the Metro line. "The proposal will give a major fillip to the area,'' he said.

The official also said that DDA was not keenly pursuing various projects associated with the Commonwealth Games 2010. "We will be developing five game venues where different kinds of sports like wrestling, badminton, squash and rugby will be played. Plans are on to have multipurpose use of facilities since games like rugby are seldom played here.''

Mr Gupta said as DDA has also been entrusted the task of developing the Commonwealth Games Village, it is at present working on finding a firm view on its future use and on how and where the permanent and overlay or temporary structures would be constructed.

Noting that a DDA team had visited Australia and seen around 30 venues there, Mr Gupta said the Commonwealth Games Federation criteria will be met by DDA.

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