The Uttar Pradesh government has given its nod for construction of a 15-km Metro project that is proposed to connect Noida’s Sector 71 with Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park V. In the NMRC board meeting held in Lucknow on Wednesday, the Noida metro was also asked to expedite preparations so that work on the project can be started soon. It has been given a March 2021 deadline for the project.
The state government believes this project is crucial as it will benefit thousands of homebuyers who have shifted to the newly built apartment complexes in Greater Noida West and nearby Crossings Republik in Ghaziabad that has 36,000 housing units, of which around 30,000 are occupied.
Greater Noida West has around 3.5 lakh under-construction housing units of which around 40,000 are occupied.
“We gave a presentation on the 15-km metro link to the chief secretary (who chaired the meeting) and he gave us the go ahead to complete formalities before work can begin on ground. But we need to discuss the project with the Noida authority first before taking the project to the next stage,” said Santosh Yadav, managing director, NMRC.
The Union ministry of urban development (MoUD) had in June 2016 approved the detailed project report (DPR) of this Rs 3,884-crore project. However, work could not begin as the state is yet to finalise the funding pattern for it.
“We are likely to finalise the funding pattern for this project in the upcoming Noida board meeting expected to be held this month,” said an NMRC official.
The 15-km link will provide metro connectivity to Noida and Greater Noida West apart from areas of located on the periphery of Greater Noida.
The elevated track of this link, which will have nine stations, will be built above the central verge (divider) of Vikas Marg that connects Noida with Greater Noida West and another road that runs through Greater Noida’s residential, educational and industrial areas.
The project’s DPR said that the link will put Noida’s sectors 71, 72, 122, 119, 118, 67, 63 and 66 and other areas on the metro track. Greater Noida’s sectors 1, 10, Knowledge Park 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, among others, will be put on the metro route through this project.