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Trial of Noida-Greater Noida Metro link begins, to continue for two months

On July 25, the DMRC started trial runs on a 23km stretch of the 29.71km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link. Earlier, DMRC was doing trials on a 10km stretch between Greater Noida’s Depot station and Noida’s Sector 149 Metro station.

noida Updated: Aug 21, 2018 13:52 IST
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The 29.71km Noida-Greater Noida link is estimated to have a ridership of 1.2 lakh a day, which will rise to 4 lakh by 2031.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) on Monday said it has started the trial run on the 29.71km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link that is expected to become operational in October this year.

The NMRC, which was formed on November 14, 2014, owns the Rs 5,503 crore project (including land cost). The NMRC, in 2015, had roped in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to construct the line.

On July 25, the DMRC started trial runs on a 23km stretch of the 29.71km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link. Earlier, DMRC was doing trials on a 10km stretch between Greater Noida’s Depot station and Noida’s Sector 149 Metro station.

The DMRC did not start the trial on the full stretch of the line as signalling and electricity wire laying work was pending in some parts. “We have started trails on the entire line as our signalling work is over. We will do a full trial with six trains every day from 10am to 8pm. The trials will go on for two months and then we will expect the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) to inspect the track and give the necessary clearances,” PD Upadhyay, executive director, NMRC, said.

The 29.71km Noida-Greater Noida link is estimated to have a ridership of 1.2 lakh a day, which will rise to 4 lakh by 2031.

“We have completed the Metro link in three years. We already have six trains with us. We will get the remaining five trains in the next one month. Our aim is to ready the track before October so that the operations can start on time,” Upadhyay said.

All Metro stations on the line will have hi-tech escalators, stairs, lifts and separate entry/exit for the differently abled.

The Metro stations are in sectors 52, 51, 50, 78, 81, Dadri Road, sectors 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 147, 153, 149, Knowledge Park 2, Knowledge Park 1, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Alpha 2, Delta 1 and Depot station. Around 20km of the line is located in Noida and the remaining in Greater Noida.

Officials said the 29.71km line is elevated and runs at a height of 23 metres from the ground at the point where it crosses over the 165km Yamuna Expressway.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 05:51 IST