The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will start work Wednesday onwards on the seven-kilometre Noida line that will connect the national capital with the IT capital of Uttar Pradesh, as part of its second phase.
The work will start with test piling and will be inaugurated by Samajwadi Party MP and Uttar Pradesh Development Council chief Amar Singh at Sector 32 of the satellite township.
"Under test piling, holes in the ground will be made to lay the concrete foundation at equal distances," said a DMRC spokesperson.
He said that top officials of the Delhi Metro, including its chief E Sreedharan, would participate in the inaugural function.
"The line will have six stations and is set to be complete by 2009," the spokesman told.
The rail network starting from New Ashok Nagar will pass through sector 15, 16, 18, botanical garden, golf course and will end at the city centre in sector 32.
The total project cost of the Metro stretch in Noida will be Rs.7.36 billion. Of the said amount, the Uttar Pradesh government will spend Rs.6.43 billion and the rest will be met by the Delhi Metro.
DMRC and the Uttar Pradesh government had signed an agreement for the line in April 2006, following which soil testing work was completed.
With an eye on the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the government has sanctioned the second phase of the metro to spread across a length of 76 kms that includes the seven kms stretch in Noida.
Further, the DMRC has submitted a proposal of two high-speed corridors of 20 kms each—linking the railway station with the airport and Patel Chowk with Badarpur.
The second phase will be ready for operation months before the October 2010 mega sports event. Currently, the Delhi Metro network spreads over nearly 65 kms and around 475,000 people commute daily by the world-class transport medium in the capital.