Greater Noida begins work on DPR of high-speed Metro
The Greater Noida authority and the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (DMICDC) developing an industrial project in Greater Noida’s Bodaki area on Thursday decided to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) of 52.9km ‘High-Speed’ Metro project and a normal Metro Link.
The high-speed Metro project is aimed at connecting Greater Noida’s Bodaki industrial area with Indira Gandhi international airport in Delhi.
“Earlier we were working on ‘High-Speed’ Metro project between Greater Noida and Delhi’s IGI to cut travel time. But today we decided to prepare DPR of two projects- high-speed and a normal link via existing network due to financial reasons,” said Deepak Agarwal chief executive officer (CEO) of the Greater Noida authority.
DMICDC took this decision in its board meeting held in Greater Noida on Thursday evening. Officials from the Greater Noida authority were also participated in the meeting.
The decision comes after the Delhi government refused to invest money into ‘High-speed’ Metro project. In a meeting on Thursday afternoon, the Delhi government official said they cannot provide financial support to the high-speed project.
The route of high-speed Metro falls into UP and Delhi jurisdiction.
“The Delhi government said prepare a DPR and submit the same to us we will think of providing no objection certificate to the project. But they are reluctant to support it financially. High-speed Metro project requires tentatively R 15000-R20000 crore budget. Therefore, we may prepare DPRs on both high-speed and normal link. We will build a Metro connectivity depending upon the financial feasibility,” said Agarwal.
With a tentative speed of 150-160 km per hour, a commuter will be able to travel from Greater Noida to IGI in 30 minutes.
On April 5, ministry of urban development had directed DMICDC and the Greater Noida authority to seek permission first from the Delhi government for high-speed metro.
Officials of DMICDC said that if the Delhi government also would have supported the project financially then it would have become easier to work on it.
After DPR DMIC and the Greater Noida authority will finalise whether it will build a high-speed Metro or a normal Metro link.
“A normal Metro link can be connected with existing Mayur Vihar Phase-I through a new Metro link parallel to Noida Expressway. It will cost less as compared to high-speed. Now DPR will clear all doubts,” said Agarwal.
The authority had in June 2014 decided to conduct a feasibility study for the high-speed Metro link. The study, which was submitted to the MoUD, concluded that the project was feasible.