The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Noida authority on Thursday said the civil work for the 30-km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link, which is under construction, will be ready by 2017, much ahead of its deadline. The DMRC had started work on this project in January 2015.
“The link will be ready by 2017 and civil work will be completed by Diwali 2016 because work on this project is fast-tracked. As per the deadline, this 30-km link is supposed to be ready by March 2018,” said Rama Raman chief executive officer (CEO) of the Noida authority and managing director (MD) of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).
The DMRC’s top officials of operations and the finance department explained how this project will be completed before the deadline.
The DMRC gave a detailed presentation on maintenance and operations of this project to the Noida and Greater Noida officials in its Noida office in Sector 29.
“We have also finalised that the DMRC will maintain and run this project for the next five years after it is completed. Because the DMRC has 15 years of experience in this field, it will offer commuters a seamless hassle-free metro ride,” Raman said.
On November 7, 2014, when the Noida authority formed its own metro rail company, it had announced that all new metro projects will be built and run by the NMRC itself.
“The NMRC owns this metro project. It will deal with departments like legal, administration, land, accounts, finance and strategy. The DMRC will only maintain and run it for five years. Later, the NMRC will take over once it gets some experience,” a DMRC official said.
The DMRC and NMRC officials also discussed ticketing, security and technology issues that need to be finalised. Raman said the link will have the same ticketing system as the Delhi Metro. Further, the UP government and the DMRC have decided to discuss security issues with the home ministry.
“The central industrial security force (CISF) is responsible for security of the Delhi Metro. We need approval from the Union home ministry on whether the security on this route can be under the UP police,” a DMRC official said.