Aqua Line to link two Noidas by October NOIDA: The Aqua Line connecting the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida is expected to become operational by October. Having missed the September deadline, Noida Metro Rail Corporation NMRC said on Friday that it would be sending the request for the final inspection by commissioner for metro rail safety (CMRS) by September-end, thus raising hopes for an October commissioning. Officials said they were hopeful of giving a Diwali gift to commuters.
According to NMRC officials, six remaining trains are expected to arrive from China by September-end. On June 12, TOI had reported that while the Aqua Line requires 11 trains for the track to open, only five trains have reached so far.
NMRC project director for aqua line, PK Garg, said that the track will open with 11 four-set trains as provisioned in the detailed project report (DPR). “Six of these are on their way and we are hopeful that all will reach the depot by September 22,” he said.
Claiming that 87% of the overall work is complete, officials expect to complete the signalling at all metro stations by September-end.
“We are hopeful of completing the signalling work by September-end after which we are likely to invite the CMRS for the final inspection. That takes 15 days normally but can also take longer,” NMRC managing director Alok Tandon said.
Explaining the physical progress of the work, Garg said the rolling stock work was 40% complete, track work 100%, signalling and telecom 80%, electrical 92% and civil was 99% complete.
Tandon said that rolling stock was less because only five trains have come.
“As soon as six other trains come, it will increase to 100%. In a month or so, they will come,” he said. Garg said of 102 lifts, 101 have been installed. “One has to be installed at Dadri Road metro station because we are giving entrance in the NSEZ area. The staff of NSEZ area will be able to reach the metro using that entrance and would not have to cross the Dadri road which is usually congested,” he added.
The NMRC is also planning to allow the residential societies and commercial plazas access to the metro stations in case they propose to buy space for entrance for their residents or visitors for seamless integration.
NMRC executive director PD Upadhyay said they have received one such proposal from a Greater Noida mall which they are studying.
“It is yet to be finalised. We will decide the cost for such an arrangement as they would benefit out of it,” he said.
The NMRC is also making optimised-station rooms. “Station rooms like auxiliary sub-stations, signalling room, telecom room, etc have been kept small allowing more room for property development,” Garg added.
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