Farmers want stations on the 30-kilometre-long Noida-Greater Noida Metro link which is under construction to be named after villages located nearby.
Many farmers’ groups submitted their demand letters to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) managing director, Santosh Yadav.
The Metro link has 21 stations and 60% of the work on it has been completed. The project is scheduled to be opened to public by December 2017. Work on the stations is in full swing.
“We demand that Noida Metro Rail Corporation to follow Delhi Metro model of naming the stations like they have Rithala or Hauz Khas, etc. NMRC should name a station after a village, nearest to a particular station. Because Noida is built on farmers’ land, villagers should get their due and should be involved in the developmental process,” said Ashok Chauhan, Samajwadi party leader, who led the group of villagers.
The stations are located in Sectors 51, 52, 50, 78, 81, Dadri Road, Sectors 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 147, 153, 149, KP-II, KP-I, Pari Chowk, Alpha-I, Alpha-2, Delta-1 and Depot station.
NMRC said it will take up the farmers’ proposal in its next board meeting, which is yet to be fixed.
“We received many proposals from villagers, farmers and leaders. We will take these in our board meeting to formulate a policy if we can,” said Yadav.
NMRC has a policy auctioning naming rights of stations to raise funds through the bidding process.
“We will auction station names in open bidding. Whoever (realty firm, MNC, corporate house or an individual) places the highest bid will be allowed to put his brand name as a prefix or suffix,” said Yadav.
He said the farmer’s request would not affect NMRC’s fund raising plan.
“We can fix the brand name as a prefix or suffix even if we have named a station after a village.”
NMRC is expected to hold bidding in May 2017, when all 21 stations are ready. It also gives 400 square feet area of advertising space to the company that wins the naming bid.