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Noida Metro approves Rs 1,600 crore budget for 30km link to G Noida

The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has approved a budget of Rs 1,600 crore for the financial year 2017-18.

noida Updated: Jun 06, 2017 22:49 IST
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The under-construction 30km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link will be completed by 2017-end. It will have 21 metro stations. (Sunil Ghosh /HT)

The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has approved a budget of Rs 1,600 crore for the financial year 2017-18.

Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar chaired the board meeting that took place in Lucknow on Monday. It also approved a detailed security plan on the lines of the Chennai Metro.

“We have allocated Rs 1,600 crore to be spent for various purposes of the under-construction 30km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link, which will be completed by 2017-end,” said Amit Mohan Prasad chief executive officer of the Noida authority.

Prasad is also the managing director of the NMRC, which owns the 30km under-construction Noida-Greater Noida Metro link with 21 metro stations.

The NMRC has roped in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for constructing the Noida-Greater Noida link. Around 70% of the work on the project is already completed. The DMRC has partially constructed all 21 Metro stations and also laid the elevated track.

“The budget has been allocated for procurement of coaches, managing the security apparatus, depot, finish the work on Metro stations and other construction activities,” an official of the NMRC said. The Noida metro will procure trains from China at an estimated cost of ₹800 crore.

Sources said an 800-strong special police force will be formed to provide security to Noida-Greater Noida metro line.

Around 50-100 women constables and officials will also be recruited to provide adequate safety to women passengers.

Bhatnagar has directed the NMRC to ensure that adequate safety is provided on the line and provisions are made for a dog squad, bomb detectors, metal detectors and other equipment.

“There are 21 Metro stations, at least 2-3 women constables will be deployed at each station to ensure safety of women passengers. The NMRC will develop its own force on the lines of Chennai Metro. In the case of Delhi Metro, the Central Industrial Security Force provides the security cover,” the official said.

The Noida-Greater Noida Metro link is expected to be opened to public by April 2018.

The Centre’s public investment board is providing ₹1,034 crore for the metro link while the National Capital Region Planning Board is providing ₹1,587 crore.

“The remaining cost of the Metro link is being funded by the Noida and Greater Noida authorities,” the official said.

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 22:48 IST