Work on a Noida-South Delhi Metro link will begin from November this year, Noida Authority chairman Balvinder Kumar said on Thursday.
"The authority held a meeting with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the project was given final approval. DMRC has invited bids before the execution can be started in three months," he said.
In March, the authority gave a formal sanction to this 3.76km Metro route between Noida's Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj near Sarita Vihar in Delhi.
Two of the stations - Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj (near Amity - of the proposed link) will fall in Noida. "This is part of our plans to have greater connectivity with adjoining areas. DMRC's detailed project report (DPR) pegs the project's total cost at R786 crore. The cost will be borne by the authority," said a senior official.
This line will be part of DMRC's plan to link Jahangirpuri and Kalindi Kunj. Noida Authority and DMRC officials will decide on the alignments.
Once the line is operational, Noida will have a direct link with south Delhi areas like Kalkaji, Malviya Nagar, Green Park and Vasant Kunj. Presently, people have to take the Noida-Dwarka route and get down at Rajiv Chowk station to change lines.
"The state government has approved the plan in-principle. Once the line is operational, it will be connected to the existing Dwarka-Noida and the proposed Noida-Greater Noida routes. It will be a part of DMRC's Phase-III expansion plans," said an official in Lucknow.