NOIDA (Metro Rail News): The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is planning for at least two new Metro line to connect its area to Delhi to ensure a smooth ride for commuters and to enhance connectivity.
The proposed plan is to extend the Delhi Metro Blue Line from Noida City Centre to linked with Line 8 (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden) of DMRC’s Phase-III by a 16.5-km stretch connecting Sector-143 and Kalindi Kunj and Okhla Bird Sanctuary stations. This extension will give commuters two options — Magenta line to Kalindi Kunj and Blue line to Mayur Vihar.
A second proposal is to build a high-speed Metro corridor via Badarpur, Faridabad. This 66-km high-speed link will run parallel to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) at Bodaki and connect to Badarpur station, Delhi and Gurugram at IGI international airport.
Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) is studying the feasibility of a Metro project connecting Noida’s Aqua Line from Sector 71, which will serve as an interchange station with Greater Noida west’s Gaur City Square in Sector 2. This line will then be extended to Knowledge Park-V (KP-V) in Greater Noida.
It will consist of a 15-km line, which will be extended to Bodaki village in Greater Noida. Finally, Bodaki will be connected with Noida City Centre via stations at Pari Chowk and Noida sectors-147, 143, 85, 101 and 50, among others. This Metro project, which was proposed in 2015 and was to become operational by 2021 had been stalled in 2017 because the route was not economically viable, considering the low population in the area. With Greater Noida west becoming a hub of multi-storied housing complexes, the authority has decided to revisit the project.
As per the report of GNIDA officials, all proposals are likely to be taken to an upcoming board meeting of Greater Noida Authority on May 31 before being forwarded to the UP Govt for further action including preparing of detailed project reports and pattern for funding.
Shir Narendra Bhooshan, CEO, GNIDA said that On receiving the board’s go ahead, we will authorize NMRC to study the feasibility and viability of the projects. “The aim for the Metro network expansions is to put into place a holistic and comprehensive network of public transport with optimum connectivity to cater to a large number of commuters.”