Delhi

Noida Metro Projects Still Off-Track

A Delhi Metro Rail's trial run between Yamuna Bank and Noida Sector 16, held. File Photo: Shanker Chakravarty. Click on the infographic to read more

A Delhi Metro Rail's trial run between Yamuna Bank and Noida Sector 16, held. File Photo: Shanker Chakravarty. Click on the infographic to read more   | Photo Credit: Shanker Chakravarty

A few years ago, when extensive Metro connectivity was touted by developers to sell flats in Noida and Greater Noida, buyers wouldn’t have guessed that the project would fail to get off the ground even today.

Two Metro line extensions – from Noida City Centre to Sector 62 and City Centre to Greater Noida – have been pending with the Uttar Pradesh Government for clearance for years. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation submitted the detailed project report (DPR) for the City Centre-Sector 62 line on March 31, 2012, and the final and modified DPR for the City Centre-Greater Noida line in May 2010.

“We have prepared and submitted the DPRs to the U.P. Government. The projects are awaiting their clearance,” said a DMRC official.

The Noida Authority, for its part, claimed that the reports were still being prepared. “We have three Metro projects in the pipeline with the DMRC and all three of them are in DPR or memorandum of understanding stages. It is a matter of six months,” said a Noida Authority source.

The two lines were supposed to cover more areas within Noida and connect the city to Greater Noida. As per the DPRs, the City Centre-Sector 62 line is 6.6 km long with six stations and the City Centre-Greater Noida line is 29.07 km long with 22 stations.

Once the U.P. Government gives its clearance to the projects, MoUs will be signed between DMRC and the Noida Authority. Confusion prevails as to why these projects have been delayed, with the two sides pointing fingers at each other.

While these plans may still be pending, the Noida Authority did recently sign an MoU with the DMRC for construction of a section from Kalindi Kunj to Botanical Garden station. The 3.96-km-long elevated corridor will make travel between Noida and South Delhi easier.

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