The Noida authority on Saturday said the Uttar Pradesh government had given its in-principle approval to detailed project reports on two proposed metro lines - Botanical Garden-Kalindi Kunj (3.9km) line and City Centre-Sector 62 (6.6km) line.
Sources said the authorities had sent the detailed project report for the Botanical Garden-Kalindi Kunj stretch to Lucknow for approval in May last year. The file containing the project report for the other link was sent as late as January this year.
However the Uttar Pradesh government, in a surprising show of urgency, expedited work on both counts and gave its nod. Work on both the proposed stretches is now likely to begin by the end of May.
The authority on Saturday also set a deadline for completion of work on both the proposed links. "Botanical Garden-Kalindi Kunj link work is scheduled to be completed by 2016. The other link -- City Centre to Sector 62 -- is expected to be over a year later by the end of 2017," Rama Raman, chief executive officer (CEO), Noida authority told Hindustan Times on Saturday evening.
The authority will hand over these two DPRs to the union urban development ministry in Delhi for further approvals on Monday.
"Once the Centre approves the DPRs, we will send the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to the Uttar Pradesh government for its approval, which would pave the way for work to begin. We will sign the MoU with DMRC by April end so that work can begin by May end on both the links," said CEO.
The twin projects wil cost a total of Rs. 2, 661 crore. A survey believed, Botanical Garden to Kalindi Kunj link is expected to witness 46,054 passengers using it daily, while the other link will be used by 76,768 passengers. "We received the approved DPRs today," an official said.