RWAs demand station as rail budget ignores #Noida
Noida: The Noida RWA federation was disappointed with the railway budget and said it was surprised that no thought had been given to developing a railway station for a city that is UP fastest growing urban and industrial hub but still has to depend on Delhi and Ghaziabad to get access to a train.
“The railway budget is a mere lip service in the name of addressing people’s need. Noida being the most revenue generating industrial city of Delhi-NCR region has been neglected in this budget. There are no railway stations (not even for local trains plying though NCR cities such as Ghaziabad, Faridabad etc) or trains connecting Noida to NCR region,” said NP Singh, president of The Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA).
Singh said in order to board a train to any destination, a resident of Noida has to either go to neighbouring Ghaziabad or Delhi. “Why can’t a railway station be made in Noida and trains connecting Faridabad, Ghaziabad or Meerut be made to detour through the city,” he asked.
AN Dhawan, secretary general of FONRWA, said many senior residents of the city would stand to gain if they are able to board trains nearer home, rather than travelling to Delhi and Ghaziabad to take a train.
There are no railway tracks in Noida. The nearest railway station in Gautam Budh Nagar is Bodaki in Greater Noida, which is 30 km from Noida. “Only local passenger trains to Aligarh and beyond pass by this station. No VIP trains like Rajdhani or other express trains pass through this station,” said Suresh Tiwari, senior vice president of FONRWA.