NOIDA (Metro Rail News): The Noida Metro Rail Corporation approved the new Aqua Line stretch in Noida to connect Noida Sector 142 to Botanical Garden. This corridor may have around 10 stations and expected about 1 lakh commuters of daily ridership, according to a detailed project report (DPR) drawn up in 2017.
Since the launch of Aqua line, Ridership has been a problem as its launch earlier this year, primarily because there is no interface with Delhi metro.
Noida Sector 142 to Botanical Garden
The New branch will out from the Noida – Greater Noida corridor at Sector 142, is expected to solve the ridership issue as it will provide direct connectivity from Greater Noida and the expressway sectors to the Blue and Magenta Lines of Delhi Metro, which converge at Botanical Garden.
It also reduces distance and travel time for commuters from Greater Noida who wish to go to Delhi as they would not have to pass through all Noida sectors. The new corridor was approved by the Greater Noida Authority in its board meeting on May 31, and it was decided that Noida and Greater Noida will share the cost of the new line.
The final approval from the state cabinet and Centre is expected within three months, after which the DPR will be revised.
“Those coming from Greater Noida areas are still using buses to reach Botanical Garden and take the metro from there towards Delhi. Most Aqua Line users are those traveling between Noida and Greater Noida. This is why the need was felt to start this new line to cater to Greater Noida and Delhi connectivity,” said P D Upadhyay, ED of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).
NMRC runs feeder buses along 11 routes in Noida and Greater Noida, all of which terminate at Botanical Garden. With more comfortable options available, most commuters between Greater Noida and Delhi use buses instead of the Aqua Line. “the DPR will be revised as per the current demand and traffic flow, as well as land requirements,” said Officials.
The alignment of the line may remain as it was, but the number of stations may be reduced. “The earlier DPR suggested a total of 11 stations, including Sector 142, which is already built. However, 11 stations within 10km may not be required, especially as another metro station is already functional around some of these areas.
One station itself costs around Rs 100 crore,” said Upadhyay. The existing DPR suggests Sector 142, Sector 136, Sector 91, Sector 93, Sector 98, Sector 127, Sector 97, Sector 126, Sector 125, Sector 94 and Botanical garden as the stations along this line. The total proposed cost was Rs 2,798 crore with daily ridership of one lakh commuters by 2021. However, the footfall will also be revised keeping in view whether the line can be made functional by 2021.
Anticipating this line, the NMRC has left an extension point at Sector 142 metro station from where the new line will be connected. “We have an extension of the track, which is also beneficial for us as a shunting space. In case of a breakdown the train can be parked in this area away from the platform and without disturbing the track. Starting construction from here will also save cost,” Upadhyay said.