The Uttar Pradesh government wants that the 30-km under- construction Noida-Greater Noida metro link be included in the ‘fast-track projects of Prime Minister’s progress list’.
“The chief secretary said he will speak to the secretary of the Union ministry of urban development (MoUD) to list the Noida-Greater Noida metro project in the PM’s coveted list so that it can receive additional funds and required support from the Centre,” said Santosh Yadav, managing director (MD) of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).
Ranjan said this after reviewing the progress of the under-construction link, which is expected to be operational in November 2017, five months before its deadline of April 2018.
Ranjan reviewed the progress of the project after attending the NMRC’s 8th board meeting held in Greater Noida on Monday.
Officials from Noida, Greater Noida, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Uttar Pradesh government attended the meeting.
Pramit Garg, DMRC project director for the Noida-Greater Noida link, gave a presentation and informed everyone that 200 U-girders were laid for the line in May, which is a record in India. A girder is a U-shaped concrete structure on which metro tracks are laid.
The chief secretary directed the NMRC to pay special attention on developing adequate safety systems for the line.
“The chief secretary said since this link is located in the national capital region, safety will be a big challenge. The NMRC will have 800 special provincial armed constabulary (PAC) staff for the safety of the line,” said another NMRC official.
Apart from the Metro project, Ranjan directed the NMRC to start the city bus service for Noida and Greater Noida without delay.
“To cut cost, the NMRC has decided to run 50 air-conditioned buses and 50 non air- conditioned buses initially. If all 100 buses are air-conditioned, the annual project viability gap will be `100 crore. To reduce this viability gap, the NMRC has reduced the number of air conditioned buses,” said PD Upadhyay, general manager (finance), NMRC. The NMRC has planned to start the city bus services from June- end.
The NMRC board also decided that the principal secretary (finance) in the UP government and managing director of the Uttar Pradesh state roadways transport corporation (UPSRTC) also be made members of the NMRC board.
“Bringing these two officials in the NMRC board will help in running of the city bus services smoothly,” said Upadhyay.