Noida along with its twin city Greater Noida constitute a conspicuous part of the Delhi NCR. And though they boast of a well-constructed network of roads and expressways, inadequate public transport facilities have notably crippled the growth of these regions. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in 2010 proposed a metro link between Noida and Greater Noida to boost the connectivity inside the pockets of the two regions which finally received a go-ahead from the Ministry of Urban Development in 2014. The wheels have been set in motion as DMRC recently set up a new office in Ganga Shopping Complex in Sector 29 accelerating the 29 km long Noida-Greater Noida route.

The entire metro route is divided into three parts which will take place in three distinct phases which will be worked upon simultaneously to meet the 2017 deadline. What is planned is to construct a link from Noida Sector 71, the originating station of the Greater Noida metro link, which is hoped to cover various parts of Noida, Greater Noida and Noida Extension through a loop. Presently, the Detailed Project Report (DPR) has been made for an 11 km stretch from Sector 71 to Greater Knowledge Park V which will pass via Noida Sectors 122 and 123, Greater Noida Sector s 2, 3, 10 and 4 and Ecotech 12.

Another extension of 16.5 km is bound to link the Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden line of DMRC’s Phase III to Sector 143 which will be connected through a proposed station at Kalindi Kunj near the Okhla Bird Sanctuary. A suggestive loop connecting Depot Station and Knowledge Park V in Greater Noida will extend from Noida City Centre to Greater Noida Knowledge Park V via Gaur City Square in Noida Extension which will be further extended to the Bodaki Village in Greater Noida. Bodaki will then be connected to Noida City Centre via proposed stations at Pari Chowk and Sectors 147, 143, 85, 101 and 50. Though this loop is in the pipeline, the DPR is awaited for the same. The existing Dwarka-City Centre route is also expected to see extensions upto Sector 62 touching NH-24.

According to the DMRC and NMRC officials, once this route becomes operational, commuters using the Blue Line will be able to board a train every 8 minutes. This link will see plying 26 trains and many features including the coach designs laced with modern technology and fare collection will see upgradations as recommended by the NMRC. The new platform door technology with transparent doors separating rail tracks from platforms will also be introduced to check accidents and prevent suicide attempts on metro tracks along with making platforms cleaner and quieter and low cost air-conditioning as informed by NMRC’s Executive Director, G. P. Singh. NMRC also plans to establish an integrated cashless metro card which can also be used in metro feeder buses across Delhi, Rapid Metro Gurgaon and Noida.

To solve the issue of parking congestion in these upcoming metro areas, MRC has suggested constructing three “state-of-art” multi-level parking spaces at Noida Sectors 71 and 145 and Alpha-1 in Greater Noida. Along with a capacity to house over 10,000 vehicles, these parking lots will also have retail complexes.

This new metro extension project from the Capital city to Greater Noida is no less than a blessing for people who stay or work in Noida for it will solve the problem of connectivity by integrating Greater Noida in Delhi NCR. It is also hoped that cheaper office spaces in the area will attract many corporate thus fuelling the real estate development in the region. It is also a ripe opportunity for real estate investors to acquire property at decent prices for whenthe metro becomes functional, the appreciation of prices is inevitable.

The countdown for the first metro link from Noida to Greater Noida has been set in motion as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is all set to lay the foundation stone for the Noida-Greater Noida Metro line expansion project in April. The DMRC has set a target time of three years to complete the project and make it operational. The Noida-Greater Noida Metro line will bring the two sister townships closer to each other and to the National Capital, completely transforming the facet of Noida and Greater Noida.

Originally published at on April 6, 2015.

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