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Mayawati for making Noida best city

Smriti Kak Ramachandran

— Photos: Shanker Chakravarty

NEW LINK: Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flag off a Delhi Metro train from the Akshardham station to Noida City Centre station, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Right) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati flags off the Metro train at the Noida station. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Chairman E. Sreedharan is seen to her right.

NOIDA: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday hailed the Delhi Metro’s maiden journey into Noida as a step that will bring the suburb on a par with the developed cities of the world.

Flagging off the first metro train from Noida, Ms. Mayawati said it will not only make commuting easier, but also go a long way in improving the economic and employment avenues here.

The Chief Minister also chose the occasion to reiterate her demand for clearance of the proposed international airport at Jewar in Greater Noida. “I have already written to the Union government on the issue several times and I urge them to sanction the airport soon to develop this area speedily.”

Ms. Mayawati made an oblique reference to her government’s assistance in timely completion of the Noida line. “After coming to power, we gave special instructions to the Noida Development Authority to release the required money to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation [DMRC]. I appreciate that the Noida Development Authority paid about Rs.557 crore, more than two-third amount of the total cost to the DMRC for completion of this project,” she said.

The government was keen on extending the metro service to the rest of the State, starting with more parts in Noida and Greater Noida, she asserted.

“Noida will have the best infrastructure to make it one of the best cities of the world. My government has been providing Rs.2,000 crore every year for the development of infrastructure to ensure that Noida is counted among the best cities,” she said.

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