Work on the Noida-south Delhi Metro line will begin from January next year, a Noida Authority official said on Wednesday. The new line will, however, be opened for public only by 2016.
Presenting the detailed project report (DPR) before Noida Authority officials on Wednesday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said the 3.9 km line between Noida’s Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj in Delhi would cost Rs 874 crore.
The cost will be borne by the authority. The line will have three stations: Botanical Garden, Amity School and Kalindi Kunj.
As of now, the Delhi Metro enters Noida and Ghaziabad in UP via east Delhi. The new line will mean a direct link with south Delhi areas such as Kalkaji, Malviya Nagar, Green Park and Vasant Kunj.
Currently, commuters have to take the Noida-Dwarka route and get down at Rajiv Chowk to board the train to south Delhi. Similarly, commuters from Badarpur coming to Noida have to change at Central Secretariat. The new plan will make these trips shorter.
“The new line will be built as part of the third phase of DMRC’s expansion plans to enter outer Delhi areas. We will study the DPR from the point of view of technical and financial feasibility,” said Chandra Bhanu Singh, deputy chief executive officer, Noida Authority.
“The execution of the project will begin after the authority and DMRC sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Tenders will be floated in January,” he added.
The authority and DMRC will meet again on December 22 to fine-tune the project. “This line will help commuters going to south Delhi and the airport in saving time. Once the line opens, more people from Delhi will shift to Noida and Greater Noida. This will also ease vehicular pressure on roads,” Singh said.