Delhi Metro Managing Director Mangu Singh reviewed the progress of construction of the Noida-Greater Noida Metro on Saturday. Expressing satisfaction on the progress of the 29.9 km track connecting the twin cities, Singh directed officials to adopt several measures to further expedite work along the corridor. Singh’s directions came after a presentation on the progress was made by project director Pramit Garg in Noida.
According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, Singh also assured mobilisation of three new sets of cranes to work along the corridor. “With these new cranes, we will be able to start laying the U-girders from the first week of March,” said a DMRC official. “Our MD has further said tenders in the pipeline for the route, including for signalling, telecom, automatic fare collection and rolling stock track, will also be expedited,” he said.
During the meeting, Singh emphasised the need for environmental control measures. “Dust control measures are already being adopted. Our chief also reiterated the need for sprinkling water on aggregates and following National Green Tribunal directions,” the DMRC official said. “Singh has also expressed satisfaction with the progress of work on the depot in Greater Noida. We should be able to receive trains for the track as per schedule, by April/May 2017,” he added.
Third-party surveillance for quality control on the corridor will also start soon. A draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) for monitoring of the track has been readied, with the final MoU to be completed within a week, and work begun thereafter.
According to Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) officials, a request for proposal for an independent quality monitoring agency (IQMA) had been initiated in July last year. The government-run engineering consultancy company Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) has been appointed in the role, and will oversee all civil works for the corridor. “RITES will be also responsible for a range of tasks, which include supervising works of the project, besides evaluating quality and environmental aspects. The agency will assist in monitoring quality for all civil works,” said an NMRC official.
The agency’s work also includes evaluation of bids for civil work of the Metro project. It will be expected to assist in appointing contractors, reviewing and proof-checking detailed designs, and preparing of the design and documents of the tender, for procurement of track work, system components, supply supervision and other duties.
As per officials, t all civil works for the track will be completed by June 2017. The Metro, which is estimated to cost Rs 5,526 crore, is expected be launched by December 2017.