New Delhi: Connectivity to Noida via the New Delhi Metro corridor is set to be sooner than scheduled. The Janakpuri (west) to Botanical Garden line, which will have two stations in Noida, was scheduled to be complete by July 2017 on the Noida end. It will now be completed by December 2016-January 2017, said sources at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
The Janakpuri (west)-Botanical Garden corridor, also known as line 8, will only be the second corridor to connect Delhi with neighbouring Noida. According to officials, line 8 was supposed to be completed by 2016 till Kalindi Kunj, which is the Delhi side of the corridor. This was to be commissioned in sections. On the Noida side though, the two stations-Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanical Garden-were to be completed by mid-2017.
“The agreement with the Noida Authority was that the stations would be completed 33 months from the transfer of land, which made completion target as 2017,” said a senior official to Media. However, with work progressing rapidly – officials said 35 percent of the civil work has been completed already. “It will now be completed by December 2016, or January 2017 at the latest. It will become operational thereafter, after all the due clearances,” added the official.
Line 8 will go 3.9km into Noida. This section will directly connect Noida with various popular localities in Delhi such as Jamia Milia Islamia University, Kalkaji, Okhla, Nehru Place, IIT, Hauz Khas, RK Puram, Munirka, Vasant Vihar, Indira Gandhi International Airport-Domestic Terminal, Palam, Janakpuri, etc. As per the Detailed Project Report (DPR), about 48,500 commuters are expected to use this section in 2017.
The Noida section has many interesting features. For instance, the Botanical Garden Metro station in Noida will be the first interchange metro station in the National Capital Region outside the boundaries of Delhi city. This station will provide interchange between the currently operational line 3 (Noida City Centre-Dwarka sector 21) and the upcoming Janakpuri (West)-Botanical Garden corridor. The projected interchange load of the new station as per the DPR will be 97,780 in 2016. Line 8 is a 36.28km long corridor and parallels the Ring Road at several points. It is part of phase III of the Delhi Metro network.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to make Metro service most viable and useful for commuters the Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor will have train every three minutes, while the Noida to Greater Noida (West) track will run a train every five minutes. This was decided by Noida Metro Rail Company, having carried out a survey to determine frequency for the two sanctioned routes.
According to NMRC officials, while the 29.9km track will have 19 trains, the Noida to Greater Noida (West) track will support 12 trains. “We have based the frequency and number of trains on a survey carried out to determine the likely habitation by December 2017,” said a senior official.
While the Noida-Greater Noida Metro will have 21 stations, the 14.95-km Noida to Greater Noida (West) Metro will have nine. The construction on the Noida-Greater Noida track is already underway. Work on the second track is expected to start by mid-2016.