Mayawati for developing Noida as one of the best cities
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
VISION FOR NOIDA: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati flags off the
Delhi Metro at the Noida City Centre station on Thursday. Delhi Metro
Rail Corporation Chairman E. Sreedharan is seen at 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 amount of 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 her government was keen on extending the metro service to the
rest of the State, starting with more parts in Noida and Greater
"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 facilities to ensure
that Noida is counted among the best cities."
Steering clear of the controversy over the construction of the
Ambedkar Park in Noida, Ms. Mayawati said: "Keeping the feelings of
the people belonging to Uttar Pradesh….and to commemorate the
contribution of saints, gurus and great men who waged battle to usher
in change in the existing social system, which is based on inequality
and caste, Noida Authority is constructing a historical place. These
great men, saints and gurus had been ignored by the previous
The State government had resolved to follow the policy of "Sarvjan
Hitai" and "Sarvjan Sukhai" and the metro railway was a step in that
direction, the Chief Minister said.
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