Decks have been cleared for a direct Metro link between Noida and Sarita Vihar. On Tuesday, the Noida Authority board gave its formal sanction to a 3.76-km new Metro route between Noida's Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj near Sarita Vihar.
"This is part of our plans to have greater connectivity with adjoining areas. The DMRC's detailed project report (DPR) has put the project's total cost at Rs. 376 crore. The cost will be borne by the civic agency," said Noida Authority chairman Mohinder Singh.
This line will be part of the DMRC's larger plan to link Jahangirpuri and Kalindi Kunj. Noida Authority and DMRC officials will sit together to decide on the alignments. Sources said that this link will be quite viable commercially for the DMRC.
Once the line is operational, Noida will have a direct link with South Delhi areas such as Kalkaji, Malviya Nagar and Green Park and Vasant Kunj. As of now, passengers have to take the Noida-Dwarka route and get down at Rajiv Chowk station to change lines.
The state government has already approved the plan in principal. Once the line is operational, it will automatically 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, which will now cover 105km, instead of the proposed 70km earlier to enter areas like Faridabad and Noida.
"We need to carry out a feasibility study. The population in Sarita Vihar may be an issue. We are already widening Kalindi Kunj bridge over the Yamuna from four lanes to eight," Noida Authority's senior town planner Rajpal Kaushik said.
Greater Noida link
Tenders for extending the Metro line from Noida to Greater Noida will be floated next month. The entire cost of the new line, tentatively billed at Rs. 5,000 crore, will be borne by the executor.
The proposed route will start from Noida's City Centre-sector 32 station and end at Badoki in Greater Noida. This route will have 22 stations, 13 of which will be in Noida.
Sector 62 link
After the Greater Noida project is over, the focus will shift to connecting the Noida's sector 32 station to sector 62, touching NH-24.
The 6-km route will cater to the Sai Temple, Hoshiyarpur, Greater Noida Extension Marg, Sarfabad, NH-24 and sectors 32, 51 and 60 among others.