The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will begin work on a Noida-south Delhi link from January.
Having prepared a DPR, the DMRC has already set up its office in sector 19 to start the construction. The Noida authority will bear the project cost (Rs 786 crore) for the 3.76-km line between Noida’s Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj in Delhi.
This will mean a direct link with areas such as Kalkaji, Malviya Nagar, Green Park and Vasant Kunj. Currently, people have to take Noida-Dwarka route and get down at Rajiv Chowk station to change lines.
The DMRC is also preparing a DPR to extend the Metro line in Noida up to the Ghaziabad border at sector 62 (NH 24). Work will start early next year. After this extension, Metro will cut Noida into two, providing a boost to intra-city connectivity.
Currently Noida has six stations of Delhi Metro with the service ending at sector 32. The existing line caters only to 55 immediate and adjoining sectors. About 35 more sectors need to be linked to Metro to relieve people of travelling woes.
“The sector 62 line is on top of our priority. Several pre-construction exercises have begun. The Noida authority has accepted the terms of references sent by the DMRC. We have sent our consent to the plan. The authority has also paid Rs 80 lakh for the DPR,” said authority’s deputy chief executive officer Chandra Bhushan Singh.