Having put the Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor on track, the Noida Metro Rail Company (NMRC) is all set to finalize two new Metro routes this month one from Noida Sector 71 to Greater Noida Knowledge Park V and the other from Okhla Bird Sanctuary to Noida Sector 143, eventually forming a loop covering various parts of the twin cities and Greater Noida (west).
In order to provide connectivity to the rapidly urbanizing area, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) is working on a feasibility plan to put the Metro on track up to Jewar.
The proposed 48- to 50-km Metro track is estimated to come at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore and will be aligned at the road level along the Yamuna Expressway.
Several additional features of the 28.8-km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link were approved here on Friday. Convened by Noida and Greater Noida Authorities’ chairperson Rama Raman, the Noida Metro Rail Company (NMRC) held a review meeting on the sanctioned route of the Metro link, work on which is to begin by June 15 this year.
According to officials, it was decided that six foot overbridges (FOBs) will be constructed along the sanctioned route at Metro stations located at sectors 78, 81, 82, Dadri road, 137 and 142.
The Confederation Of NCR Residents’ Welfare Associations (CONRWA) has written to the chief ministers of UP and Delhi, demanding immediate removal of the toll at the DND Flyway connecting Delhi to Noida and beyond. In their letter, CONRWA members said the commissionaire, Noida Toll Bridge Company Ltd (NTBCL), has already recovered the money they had used to build the Flyway, which came up in 2001.
They also alleged that the company had acquired extra land in the process, which they now use for private advertising. CONRWA further pointed out that the distance between Noida and Friends Colony in Delhi – covering the stretch of the bridge – is 4 km, whereas the DND bridge has been built over a 7.2 km stretch. “Why was the road extended by over 3 km more than necessary?” said CONRWA president P S Jain.
The city’s first tram route is likely to be built from Sector 143 to Sector 137, parallel to the Greater Noida expressway and connecting these two places with Noida Metro stations that will be built in the area.
In a meeting held on Tuesday, the Noida Authority drew up a plan to use trams as a last-mile connectivity option in Noida and link it with the upcoming Metro network. The pilot line was proposed from Sector 143B to Sector 137, a distance of 12km, while the second route spans around 25 km, extending tram tracks up to Sector 93. The proposal is likely to be finalized at a meeting that will be held on Wednesday.
DELHI Metro Rail Corporation has issued an international tender notice for a contract to supply 26 standard-gauge three-car trains for the 29.7km Noida – Greater Noida metro line southeast of Delhi, which is due to open in 2017.
Tender documents will be issued on April 10 and a pre-bid briefing will be held for prospective suppliers on May 26. DMRC expects to award the contract, which has an estimated value of around Rs 7bn ($US 113m) by June 23.
The 22-station line will link Noida City Centre Sector 32 with Greater Noida via Knowledge Park 2 and and Pari Chowk.
For Noida’s youngsters, their college corridors and canteens are not the only hangout spots. The smooth and usually less-crowded roads of the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway are equally appealing. And why not? It gives them the azaadi and the space to race with their friends, stop by for booze, or get cosy with their partner. But not anymore. In February, the Noida Authority installed 130 CCTV cameras on the expressway to keep an eye on traffic violators and catch those found over-speeding. But more than commuters, it’s the youngsters who are feeling the heat as they have to rein in their adventurous streaks, as everything is being recorded!
No more expressing love on the expressway
Those who find long drives oh-so-romantic, the expressway with its little or no traffic used to be the perfect getaway to steal a coochie-coo moment. But not anymore. Says Rohit Jigar, a student at a college in Greater Noida, “The expressway is so picturesque as compared to any other place in the city. It’s a nice place to be when the weather is pleasant – not just for a chai ki chuski but for beer parties, too! Driving on the entire stretch of Noida-Greater Noida Expressway with your girlfriend is so much better than sitting at a crowded place and being stared at. There’s hardly anyone to stare or pass comments on the Expressway.”