Noida (Metro Rail News): Stations on the Aqua Line’s Greater Noida corridor from Sector 51 to Knowledge Park V will be built across four floors, officials in the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said.
The building housing the stations will also have shops and other commercial establishments which are supposed to help the NMRC to earn more non-fare revenues.
The NMRC earns its revenue only through fare mode as of Pre COVID scenario. The daily ridership is not too well as compared to DMRC and according to estimates, metro coaches on Noida had been ferrying about 25,000-30,000 passengers daily in the months preceding the lockdown.
“As of now, we are considering such a model for stations on the Greater Noida corridor. If this works out, we may replicate it in the other extended routes too,” said Ritu Maheshwari, the NMRC’s Managing Director.
Aqua-Line now has three extensions in the pipeline. While the plan for the Greater Noida corridor has already been approved by the cabinet and tenders are expected to be issued in a week, the route between Sector 142 and Botanical Garden stations has been finalised and is awaiting the NMRC board’s approval. The third route — from Boraki to Metro Depot — is still in the planning stages.
Work on the Greater Noida corridor will start before the two other routes because its plan has already been approved by the cabinet. Applications for fresh bids will be issued within a week. The need for fresh bids was necessitated as the previous tendering process had to be cancelled after one of the three companies that had shown interest had to be disqualified because of lack of expertise in the field.
The Greater Noida corridor will be built in two phases — the first one will be 9.6km long from Sector 51 to Greater Noida 2. It will have five stations — sectors 122, 123, Greater Noida sectors 2, 4 and Ecotech 12 — and is estimated to cost Rs 430 crore. All these stations will be on an elevated platform and are expected to be built by 2022.
The second phase will have four stations — Greater Noida sectors 3, 10 and 12, and Knowledge Park 5.