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Metro Connectivity to Noida International Greenfield – Jewar Airport

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On December 13, 2022, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) signed an agreement with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) under which the latter shall prepare a detailed project report for Phase-2 of the proposed metro corridor between Noida’s Jewar Airport and Delhi’s IGI Airport. The Yamuna Expressway Authority submitted Rs 2 crore with DMRC in October last year for preparing the DPR. The planned Metro corridor, estimated to cost roughly Rs 15,000 crore, shall be funded by the Noida authority, Greater Noida authority, Yeida, the Uttar Pradesh government, and the central government.

A 66-kilometer metro corridor connecting the under construction Jewar airport to the New Delhi Metro Station is envisioned in the plan. Passengers will have options to interchange and take the airport express metro to reach IGI airport from NDLS metro station. There will be two metro rail stretches developed: one between Noida Airport and Knowledge Park in Greater Noida and the other from Knowledge Park to New Delhi Railway Station. There is already a connection to the Airport Express for Delhi Airport from New Delhi Railway Station.

Jewar, Sector 28, Sector 20, Sector 18, Sector 22D, Techzone, Pari Chowk (all in Greater Noida), Noida’s Sector 142, Botanical Garden, New Ashok Nagar, Yamuna Bank, and New Delhi will be among the 13 stations on the Jewar airport-New Delhi Metro station metro route. According to DMRC, once this new line is operational, the distance between Jewar Airport and IGI Airport can be travelled in one hour. The first phase of the route to the projected Jewar airport is expected to be completed by September 2024, shortly after the NCR’s second airport opens to the public.

Jewar Airport to be connected with NDLS via Metro

Construction on the Noida International Airport site is underway, with the goal of completing it by the end of 2024. The airport being developed in Greater Noida’s Jewar is going to cost the government thousands of crores. Once operational, the airport will serve passengers from different parts of Uttar Pradesh and relieve congestion at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Work is also being carried out to give easy access from such areas to the airport. Officials are attempting to connect the Jewar airport through metro or highways. The envisioned airport will also be linked to the Delhi International Airport through the yellow line of the Delhi metro.

The Metro Connectivity Plan

The link between the under-construction Noida International Airport and Greater Noida is a section of the metro corridor that will connect Jewar to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi through the Airport Express Line. Seven stations are planned for the proposed metro corridor between the upcoming Noida International Airport at Jewar and Knowledge Park-2 in Greater Noida, of which six stations have been envisaged to be elevated while the one has been planned to be underground. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) prepared a detailed project report (DPR) for the metro link between Jewar Airport and Knowledge Park-2, which was submitted to the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) last year and has now been forwarded to the Uttar Pradesh government for approval.

Between Jewar Airport and Greater Noida, there would most likely be seven stations. Noida International Airport in Jewar, International Film City, Techzone, and Knowledge Park-2 are expected to be four of these seven. The final three stations will most likely be built in YEIDA residential areas 18, 19, and 20, as well as industrial sectors 28 and 29. The Noida International Airport station has been planned to be underground.

The Knowledge Park-2 metro station will serve as an interchange station where passengers will be able to change onto the Noida-Greater Noida Aqua line metro. The 35.64-kilometer-long metro link between Jewar Airport and Greater Noida is part of the 72-kilometer-long Airport Express Line, which will connect the planned Noida International Airport with the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. The project would be completed in two stages: 35.64 kilometres from Jewar Airport to Knowledge Park-2 and 36.36 kilometres from Knowledge Park-2 to Delhi, where commuters can board the current Airport Express Line. Given the distance between the two airports, the full metro connecting link will be a high-speed rail service, with an expected one-hour journey time between the two airports. 

According to YEIDA officials, DMRC is also preparing the DPR for the Knowledge Park-2 to the New Delhi metro section, which is likely to be presented to YEIDA by June 2023. The total project cost, including both stages, is anticipated to be Rs 13,000 crore. According to a YEIDA official, the DPR for Knowledge Park-2 to Delhi Metro was supposed to be submitted by March 31 this year but was delayed by two months due to the requirement for more time to undertake surveys.

After examining the DPR for the Greater Noida-Delhi metro line, the YEIDA will submit it to the state government for approval. Work on both metro routes can only begin after approval from the state government. According to officials, YEIDA has signed an agreement with DMRC to develop a feasibility report for a metro link between IGI Airport and Noida International Airport in September 2021. They stated that phase one of the new airport is planned to begin in September 2024, so connecting the two airports and developing multimodal connectivity from Jewar to other sections of Greater Noida, Noida, and Delhi is necessary.

Jewar Metro DPR by June 2023

The detailed project report (DPR) for the Jewar Metro Link is now projected to be completed by June 2023, according to the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority. The comprehensive project report for the 36-kilometer Metro line from Greater Noida to New Delhi has been delayed because the Delhi Metro has requested extra time to finish survey work. The DMRC was paid Rs 1.87 crore in October 2022 to prepare and submit the DPR in six months. According to YEIDA officials, the DMRC has informed them that it will take some additional time to finish the survey work and that the DPR will be submitted only by the end of June. To finish the DPR, the DMRC must conduct two more surveys.

Summary & Conclusion

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) signed an agreement on December 13, 2022, under which the latter has been entrusted with the responsibility of preparing a comprehensive project report for Phase 2 of the metro corridor between Jewar Airport in Noida and IGI Airport in Delhi. The proposed route includes a 66-kilometer metro route that will connect the upcoming Jewar airport to the New Delhi Metro Station. Passengers can change trains at the NDLS metro station before taking the airport express metro to IGI Airport.

Metro Route & Stations

The route for this line has been planned into two sections. The first will cover the distance between Noida Airport and Knowledge Park, Greater Noida, while the second will cover the distance between Knowledge Park and New Delhi Railway Station. Seven stations have been proposed for the initial segment, which covers Knowledge Park and Noida Airport. Only one of the seven stations is supposed to be underground. According to officials, stations have been planned at these four destinations in Noida.

  1. The International Film City
  2. Techzone
  3. Knowledge Park-2
  4. Noida International Airport, Jewar

Sectors 18, 19, 20, 28, and 29 have been recommended as locations for the remaining three stations. The station at Noida International Airport will be underground, while the others will be elevated. Knowledge Park-2 metro station will serve as an interchange terminal for the Aqua line metro from Noida to Greater Noida.

Distance of the Metro Link

The total length of this metro line from the proposed Noida International Airport to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is 72 km, with the first phase covering 35.6 km from Jewar Airport to Greater Noida. The remaining 36.4 km will be covered in the second phase, which will connect Knowledge Park to Delhi. The existing Airport Express Line will be used to travel the remaining distance to the IGI airport.

Project Cost & Travel Time

The entire metro connecting link is expected to be a high-speed rail service, with an expected journey time of one hour, considering the distance between the two airports. The project’s total cost, including both phases, is projected to be Rs. 13,000 crore.

Current Status

DPR Work for Gr. Noida – Jewar Airport Metro Line
DPR Work for Gr. Noida – Jewar Airport Metro Line

The comprehensive project report for the 36-kilometer Metro line from Greater Noida to New Delhi, which is being developed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), has been delayed since the DMRC has requested extra time to finish survey work. The DMRC has stated that it will need extra time to finish the survey work and that the DPR will be submitted only by the end of June. In order to complete the DPR, the DMRC needs to conduct two more surveys.

This Metro line would connect Indira Gandhi International Airport to Jewar, where the Noida international greenfield airport is being built. The airport’s first phase is planned to begin operations by the end of 2024. The Yamuna authority already accepted the comprehensive project report for the 35.64km link between Jewar and Knowledge Park-2, which it had sent to the Uttar Pradesh government for approval in August 2022.

What remains is the DPR for the New Delhi-Greater Noida link. Once the DPR for the 36.36km Metro link between Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park-2 and New Delhi is completed, it shall be submitted to the Uttar Pradesh government and then to the central government for approval before construction can begin.

However, the ‘initial destination survey’ and ‘geo-technology survey’ are still to be completed by Delhi Metro in order to finalise the planned station placements. According to Yeida officials, these assessments will help in the identification of acceptable locations for the proposed Metro stations. Once these surveys are done, the DPR may be developed. Once both DPRs are approved, work can begin on a 72km long dedicated Metro route that would give direct access from Jewar to IGI airport through the airport line. Yeida intends to provide multimodal connectivity from Jewar Airport to IGI Airport and other key locations in the NCR.

Yeida signed a memorandum of understanding with DMRC on September 3, 2021, to develop a feasibility report for a Metro corridor to provide a direct connection between Indira Gandhi International Airport and the upcoming Noida international airport in Jewar. The 72-kilometer Metro link will cost approximately Rs. 13,000 crore to build. According to officials, the funding arrangement would be finalised at a later stage. The first phase of the new airport being developed is expected to become operational in September next year. The Yamuna Expressway will run parallel to the 35.6-kilometer stretch. According to initial forecasts, at least 17,000 passengers will be able to use the Metro service by 2024, when the Noida airport is also likely to open for business.

 

 

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