Metro: Changes suggested for final approval
Vandana Keelor, TNN | May 9, 2012, 12.18AM IST
NOIDA: To clear the tracks for the two proposed Metro rail routes in Noida, the newly-appointed CEO Sanjeev Saran met DMRC officials on Tuesday and suggested changes for finalizing the projects. While the draft MoU for the 3.9km Metro line between Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj was discussed, two changes were suggested for the proposed route between Sectors 32 and 62 (NH-24).
"The draft MoU for the Metro project between Kalindi Kunj and Botanical has been discussed in detail and after incorporating the modifications proposed by the CEO, we will send it to the state government for approval," said Sandeep Chandra, Noida's senior project engineer and nodal officer for Metro projects. "Signing of the MoU will soon follow giving the official nod to the project," said Chandra.
The Botanical Garden-Kalindi Kunj route is estimated to cost Rs 874 crore and expected to be complete by 2016. Once completed, commuters will no longer have to travel to Rajiv Chowk Metro station to connect to line 2 (Huda City Centre to Jehangirpuri) as the proposed phase-III extension line will form a ringed route. The proposed line will be connecting Botanical Garden station with Hauz Khas station via Amity University, Kalindi Kunj and Kalkaji temple stations. Commuters will get three exchange points on this route.
After getting the draft detailed project report for the second proposed Metro route between Sectors 32 and 62 (NH-24), the CEO suggested two modifications. "Earlier, it had been proposed that the Metro line would cross NH-24 at Model town T-point crossing," Chandra said. "The CEO pointed out that to make a signal-free corridor, a flyover would be required at the intersection between Noida and NH-24," said Chandra. "He proposed that the line be shifted about 100m to the right towards the CISF premises to make it more functional," Chandra said.
The second change suggested is that instead of constructing the Metro line along the central verge of the Master Plan Road-III from Sector 32, it should be routed along the right side of the green belt from the Flex crossing. For this proposed diversion, Noida Authority will ask RITES to conduct a study for its feasibility.
This new line from the City Centre station connecting Sector 32 to Sector 62 and NH-24 will cost Rs 1,805 crore. The trains on the proposed route will have 6 or 8 coaches.