Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav laid the foundation stone of the 15km metro link from Noida’s Sector 71 to Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park-V through a videoconference from Lucknow.
“The metro link, which will connect interior areas of Greater Noida and pockets of Noida, will benefit around 10 lakh residents who have bought flats along the route,” Rama Raman, the chairman of the Noida authority and the principal secretary of UP industrial development department, said.
The CM, through the videoconference, also addressed those present in the Noida Stadium, where two big screens were put up for the audience.
The Union ministry of urban development (MoUD), in June 2016, had approved the detailed project report (DPR) of the metro link, which is expected to cost ₹3,884 crore. However, work is yet to begin as the state is yet to finalise the funding pattern for the project.
“It will be funded by the Noida, Greater Noida authorities and the Centre. Now that the CM has laid the foundation stone of this project, the Noida and Greater Noida boards will complete the formalities and seek required approvals from the UP government to commence work on the ground. We will begin work once the authorities give us a go-ahead. Work on the site is likely to start next year as it will take some time to get the approvals,” Santosh Yadav, managing director, Noida Metro Rail Corporation, said.
The CM also inaugurated the 3.9km Botanical Garden-Kalindi Kunj Metro project, on which trials are underway. This metro link is expected to open by April 2017 and trials will continue for five months, officials said.
The Noida authority and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on June 20, 2014, had signed a memorandum of understanding for the 3.9km elevated line, to be built at a cost of ₹874 crore. The link is likely to benefit 48,500 commuters.
“The CM had directed us to start work on all infrastructure projects, particularly on the metro links, without delay. A good thing is that all projects have been completed well ahead of the schedule,” Raman said.
The Kalindi Kunj-Botanical Garden line will have two stations in Delhi — Kalindi Kunj and Okhla bird sanctuary. On the Noida side, Botanical Garden station will serve as NCR’s first interchange station, linking the Blue Line (Noida City Centre to Dwarka Sector 21) with the Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridor.
Botanical Garden metro station, which has a footfall of around 14,000 commuters daily, is projected to have an interchange load of 97,780 passengers in 2017.