After Noida, it is the turn of Greater Noida to experience the comforts of the Metro.
Efforts are on to extend the Metro rail service to Greater Noida. The Greater Noida line, work on which is likely to start from April next year, will be a major relief to residents in Noida. This route will have 22 stations, out of which 13 would come up in Noida itself, catering to residents in sector 39, 49, 50, 82 and 93.
IL&FS, a non-banking financial firm, has made a presentation before officials of Noida Authority and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority. The company has already submitted a detailed project report, putting the total cost at Rs 5,000 crore, to Noida Authority. The authorities have begun looking for private companies for execution of the plan.
The Metro for Greater Noida will start from the last station in Noida (City Centre-sector 32) 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, running parallel to the expressway.
After the Greater Noida project is over, the focus will shift to starting a line from City Centre station in Sector 32 to Sector 62, touching NH-24.
The 6-km route will be via Sector 71 crossing and Sai Temple. The areas which will have the Metro connectivity are sectors 32, 34, 35, Hoshiarpur, sectors 51, 52, 71, Greater Noida Extension Marg, Sarfabad, sectors 60, 61, 62, 63 and NH 24.
The Noida Authority board has already approved the extension of Metro route till Noida Sector 62. Noida Authority CEO Mohinder Singh said, "We are conducting a feasibility study. We will get cracking after the Greater Noida project takes shape."
"Noida Authority had a meeting with DMRC officials sometime ago. We had asked for their consent. They have agreed to the plan in principle," the CEO said.