DMRC presents Draft DPR of Metro line connecting to Jewar airport

Delhi - Jewar Airport Line Metro
Delhi - Jewar Airport Line Metro

NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has given a presentation to the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) on the first phase of the 35.64km long that will connect proposed Jewar airport to Knowledge Park 2 in Greater Noida. In this corridor, 32.27km will be elevated and the remaining will be underground near the upcoming Jewar airport. It will have 24 elevated stations and one underground. The estimated cost is close to Rs 7,000 crore. to be completed by March 2025

“YEIDA suggested a few changes, including a completion deadline of 2023 as per Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ (PwC) bid document projections (in the international airport project)” said officials after the presentation on May 9, 2019.

Also, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was told to look at traffic viability in the metro corridor with the techno-feasibility report of PwC (which includes projections of traffic flow from Haryana, Noida, and Delhi) instead of traffic from Pari Chowk to Jewar.

The revised plan will be sent for state government’s approval which slated in another meeting for Friday between YEIDA, DMRC, and PwC, the officials said.

“Mr BC Sharma, GM, DMRC and his team gave their initial draft report presentation on metro connectivity to Jewar from Aqua Line station near Knowledge Park 2.

This included a 35.64km elevated stretch with about 24 stations and a 3.37km underground route close to the upcoming Jewar airport with one station,” said Shailendra Bhatia, additional CEO of YEIDA. However, YEIDA CEO Arun Vir Singh has ruled out completion of metro work by 2025 and instead asked for work to commence at the same time as that of the airport.

“We cannot have metro work incomplete and pending till 2025 while the airport will be ready by 2023. Connectivity should be ready by 2023 that is before the airport becomes operational,” he said. Singh is the nodal officer for Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), a body constituted by UP government last year, to get the Jewar airport project rolling.

“The entire stretch of the metro route from Pari Chowk to Jewar will have at least one station per sector to facilitate accessibility and commute. Some of the sectors expected to be covered on this route include sectors 17, 17A, 18, 20, 21, 22D, 22E, 28 and 29. However, there might be a reduction in the number of proposed metro stations based on habitation or duplicity of the area. For example, one station may cater to both Galgotia University and Noida International University and there might not be a station at proposed Night Safari on Yamuna Expressway as it does not exist as of now,” said Singh. Further, DMRC was also told to align their traffic projections with the techno-feasibility report of PwC

“We have suggested that DMRC matches their traffic feasibility study with our bid document prepared by PwC which has projections of traffic flow from Haryana, Yamuna area, Noida to Delhi and ISBT, and not an isolation study of traffic between Pari Chowk and Jewar as per DMRC presentation,” said Singh. “These will be finalised in the next meeting on Friday before the final report is sent to the state government for approval,” the CEO said

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