GREATER NOIDA, (Metro Rail News): The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) is exploring different unconventional metro modes to provide faster and smooth connectivity for Noida International Airport with Delhi-NCR.
As a result, YEIDA has entrusted the task of preparing Detailed Project Report (DPR) for three different unconventional metro modes to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). These three modes are Metro Lite, Metro Neo and Express Line. All three are different from each other in terms speed, cost, construction methodology etc.
According to Arun Vir Singh, CEO of YEIDA, “We got the DMRC to prepare a DPR of a metro line connecting Noida airport to Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park-II, which is a distance of approximately 35.6 km. We forwarded the DPR to the state government for necessary assessment and approval. The state government gave its observation and asked us to prepare a DPR of the three modes of connectivity. The DMRC will soon start preparing the DPR of the three models”.
DMRC proposed DPR consists of 25 stations on a stretch of 35.4 Km from Knowledge Park-2 in Greater Noida to Noida International Airport. But the State Government observed that the travel time to cover the distance was high considering the average speed of 30-35 km per hour for normal metro and also wants to reduce the number of stations to save travel time.
According to Arun Vir Singh,” The state government wants to explore the fastest mode of conveyance from Greater Noida to Noida airport. We have not fixed a deadline to ready the DPR of the three modes. The DMRC will be asked to finish and submit the report at the earliest so that we can finalise on the fastest mode of conveyance and start work without delay. We need to develop the connectivity before the airport becomes functional.”.
Arun Vir Singh further said,” The state government wants a dedicated Airport Express Line or something that will run at a speed of 90 to 110 kmph”.
YEIDA is keen to provide faster connectivity to Noida International Airport before 2024, when the airport is expected to become operational.