Noida and Greater Noida are to get a new lifeline, as tracks are clear for the Metro line here.The authorities concerned have approved a major detailed extension of the Metro route connecting almost all of Noida and Greater Noida at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore, covering a total of 86km. The DMRC ( Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) has given a go-ahead to this project and it is likely to be completed by 2015.
Besides extending the existing City Centre Metro route connecting Kalindi Kunj and Botanical Garden, a new line from the City Centre station connecting Sector 32 to Sector 62 and touching NH-24 , was also approved. This new 6km route will be via Sector 71 crossing and will provide connectivity to Sectors 32, 34, 35, Hoshiarpur, Sectors 51, 52, 71, Greater Noida Extension Marg, Sarfabad, Sectors 60, 61, 62, 63 and NH-24 .
A new loop from Sector 71 via Sector 121 will then join the Greater Noida route between the City Centre and Bodaki railway station in Greater Noida. This route will be from the City Centre along the Greater Noida Expressway , touching Knowledge Park 4 via Pari Chowk and will finally end at Bodaki. The new loop has been added mainly to connect Noida Extension, which is near Sector 121, with Noida as well as with Greater Noida.
If the project runs on schedule, there will soon be a direct Metro connectivity between Noida and areas in South Delhi like Kalkaji, Malviya Nagar, Nehru Place, Green Park and Vasant Kunj. At present, commuters have to take the Noida-Dwarka route and get down at Rajiv Chowk station to change lines. Experts believe it will boost real estate market in Noida, Greater Noida and the neighbouring areas.
S K Diwedi, the chief executive officer of Noida, says: “The proposed line will be a part of the DMRC’s larger plan to link Jahangirpuri and Kalindi Kunj. Noida Authority and DMRC officials are reviewing the plans twice in a month.”
The new link will also be a part of DMRC’s Phase III expansion plan, which will now cover 105km, instead of the earlier proposed 70km, to enter areas like Faridabad and Noida. In addition, Noida will also be floating the tender for the extension of the Metro line from Noida City Centre to Bodaki in Greater Noida.
Rama Raman, the chairman and chief executive officer of Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA), says: “Once the project is complete, it will be easy to move from Delhi to Noida-Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, as the authority has designed this Metro connectivity project.
The authority is approaching financial institutions for viability gap funds and tax exemptions to meet the requirement. According to the alignment, 22 Metro stations have been proposed in the 28kmlong Noida and Greater Noida Metro link, which costs around 5,500 crore. Nearly 65,000 passengers are expected to commute daily on this line. This Metro link will connect with Ghaziabad in the second phase of execution.”