Decks have finally been cleared for extending the Metro rail service to Greater Noida. Currently the Noida section of Delhi Metro terminates at City Centre (Sector 32). Now, work on extending the fast and swanky mode of transportation to Greater Noida will start from April. The service, which has been in news for the last four years, is likely to be ready by the end of 2011.
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) officials have made a financial presentation before top officials of Noida authority and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA).
IL&FS, which also worked on Gurgaon Metro line, has already submitted a detailed project report (DPR) — putting the total cost at R5,000 crore —to the Noida authority. They are likely to lay Metro lines in Greater Noida too.
Given the whopping budget, the authorities have begun looking for private companies for execution of the plan.
A proposal for the purpose will be prepared in a month by IL&FS and GNIDA. A consultant will soon be appointed for the project. It has been decided that tenders will be floated within six months.
The Metro for Greater Noida will start from the last station in Noida (City Centre) and move towards the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and touch Knowledge Park 4 via Pari Chowk and end at Badoki in Greater Noida.
The new Metro line will be 23-km long and have 22 stations, out of which 13 would come up in Noida itself. Besides others, stations would come up at sectors 39, 49, 50, 82 and 93. Part of the track will be elevated while the rest of it will be on the ground, running parallel to the expressway.
Of the R5,000 crore, the Centre may grant R1,000 crore. The rest has to be raised through various means which may include bidding out the project to different players.
In May, the GNIDA approved the extension of Metro rail after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) gave a technical presentation to the authority about its extension to the sub-city. In June, officials of Noida authority, GNIDA and DMRC met to discuss on a DPR. Both Noida authority and GNIDA will share the cost. In March, chairman of Noida authority Mohinder Singh said the authority board had approved the extension of the Metro route. There is a whole lot of people who commute to Greater Noida from Noida and Delhi everyday. Any disruption on the expressway, as seen during the CWG, throws traffic out of gear across the city.
Reason? Part of Gautam Buddh Nagar, and about 20 km south-east of Noida, Greater Noida is one of the largest industrial townships and education hubs of India.
A large number of people work in several Indian and foreign MNCs there and they, besides students, commute daily from Noida, Delhi and other areas.
Various important government installations of Gautam Buddh Nagar are located in Greater Noida. The Noida section of the Delhi began in November 2009. With this, the Delhi Metro crossed the borders of Delhi for the first time.
The length of the section is 13.1 km and it has 10 stations — Yamuna Bank, Akshardham Temple, Mayur Vihar-I, Mayur Vihar Extension, New Ashok Nagar (in Delhi), Noida Sector 15, Sector 16, Sector 18, Botanical Garden, Golf Course and Noida City Centre. This line is completely elevated.