Noida-Greater Noida Metro link finalized

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LUCKNOW: A new metro rail network will be developed between Noida and Greater Noida. Measuring 29.707 km, it will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 5,064 crore. The detailed project report (DPR) has already been prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

However, in a bid to reduce the burden on the state exchequer, the Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Thursday directed the Noida and Greater Noida Authorities to bear the cost of the proposed project. The project, chief secretary Jawed Usmani said, would be part-funded by the Centre, UP and external agencies; while the Government of India and UP will bear 20% of the costs each, the project will depend on loans from external agencies to fund 60% of the project. Twenty per cent funding from UP, Usmani said, will be shared by Noida and Greater Noida Authorities, based on the length of track that passes through the two districts

The metro link is expected to be commissioned by 2017. The department of infrastructure and industrial development said the DPR was being forwarded to the urban development ministry for further action.

Principal secretary of Infrastructure & Industrial Development Department Surya Pratap Singh said, “in view of enormous pressure of traffic on the Delhi-Noida route and projected population of over 15 lakhs in Noida and 12 lakhs in Greater Noida by 2031, a clean and smooth public transport facility matching the transport infrastructure of Delhi is required urgently in the area.”

“Moreover, with major industrial and business houses preferring Noida and Greater Noida for investment, Metro rail system will cater to the employees in this region,” he added.

According to the DPR, 22 stations are proposed, of which 13 will be constructed on ground while seven stations will be elevated. Two stations at Knowledge Park-I and sector Delta-1 in Greater Noida are planned for future expansion.

Starting from Noida City Center in sector 32, the proposed corridor will go towards Greater Noida via stations in sectors 50, 51, 78, 101, 81, Dadri road, 83, 85, 137, 142, 143, 144, 147, 153 & sector 149 in Noida, entering Greater Noida through Knowledge Park-II and traversing Pari Chowk, Sector- Alpha 1 & 2, terminating at Depot station proposed near Recreational Green, Knowledge Park-IV in Greater Noida. Entire metro alignment is proposed to be elevated.


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