Noida: A joint board of the Noida and Greater Noida authorities on Friday approved the detailed project reports (DPRs) for two new Metro corridors and finalized a comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) for the twin cities.
The two Metro corridors will help bring Noida and Greater Noida closer to Delhi, while the CMP will address the need for an efficient public transport system for the twin cities. The two new routes are a 14.95km Metro corridor from Noida Sector 71 to Noida Extension and an 11km link from Okhla Bird Sanctuary to Sector 142 of Noida.
The corridor from Okhla sanctuary will be connected to Line 8 (Janakpuri to West-Botanic Garden) of Phase-III of Delhi Metro. A proposed station at Okhla Bird Sanctuary will link the two corridors, said officials.
According to the project report, the corridor till Sector 142 will have eight stations – Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Noida sectors 91, 93, 94, 98, 125, 136 and 142. Measuring 10.92km, the track is likely to come up at a cost of Rs 2,127 crore. Once in place, the track will bring Noida, Faridabad and Greater Noida closer to Delhi and will improve connectivity within the city.
The Noida Extension corridor will extend from Noida Sector 71 to Knowledge Park-V in Greater Noida (West). Officials said that the cost of construction is estimated at Rs 3,884 crore, and the route should be operational within four years.
Measuring around 14.95 km, the elevated corridor will have nine stations. The first station on this route will be Noida Sector 71 and it will extend up to Greater Noida Knowledge Park V. Noida sectors 122, 123, Greater Noida Sector 4, Ecotech 12, and Greater Noida’s sectors 2, 3 and 10 will be part of this route.
Rama Raman, chairperson of the two authorities, said the DPRs for the proposed routes will now be sent to the state government for its approval. “Once the final DPRs and the Metro alignment is approved, an MoU could be inked in the next six months. After the MoU will be signed, construction will start,” said the CEO.
The joint board also gave its nod to the CMP that includes projects for road infrastructure, personalized and public transport, traffic management, traffic projections, parking woes, non-motorized facilities, reduction in vehicular pollution and other safety aspects.
“The CMP is also a prerequisite to get funding assistance from the Centre for our proposed Metro corridor. It is mandatory that the CMP be submitted along with the DPR for the proposed Metro corridors,” Raman said.