Noida Metro | Nod for art, murals on noida metro pillars


Noida: The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has received the go-ahead from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for painting the pillars and viaduct of the 29-km Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor.

NMRC executive director Saumya Srivastava said the project, costing about Rs 6 crore, would drastically change the appearance of metro pillars, which are usually dull and grey. “After discussions with DMRC, we have proposed that the pillars and viaduct be adorned with wall art or murals can be painted creatively on them, making them attractive,” said Srivastava, who also holds charge of Noida as deputy CEO.

“We are fine-tuning the proposal and will implement it once the track is in place,” he said.

“Through these artworks, the aim is also to provoke conversation and thought besides establishing a connection with commuters,” he said. “The Metro is no longer merely for transportation. Decorating public spaces is the most direct form of art, which we are going to explore,” he said.
Srivastava told Media that currently, the civil work on the track is about 40% complete. “Once complete, the metro is likely to set many world records,” he said. “Besides being the only metro line to be commissioned in a short span of two and a half years, the corridor is also putting in place the longest span of viaduct in a 24-hour span,” Srivastava said.

“Normally DMRC has been setting up eight U-girders in a 24-hour cycle. However, for this track, DMRC is fixing 12 U-girders, which means 152 metres of viaduct will be in place in 24 hours,” he said. “So far we have already completed 2km of viaduct in Noida and Greater Noida,” he said. Out of a total 1,800 U-girders, 200 have been cast till now. Out of a total of 1,000 piers, 400 have already been completed, officials said. The corridor is likely to roll by the end of 2017. Once this track, costing Rs 5,533 crore, is in place it would not only provide a fast link between the two townships but also bring these places closer to the national capital.

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