Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has initiated work to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for a 37 km metro line connecting New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) and Knowledge Park II in Greater Noida.
This development comes after the DMRC and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in December 2022 for its construction with a goal to link Delhi Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and Jewar’s Noida International Airport.
Per the initial plan, this semi high-speed line will have 6 stations, 3 km will be underground (I’m assuming within Delhi) and the rest 34 km will be elevated.
To assist with the DPR’s preparation, the DMRC in January 2023 had invited bids for topographical survey and geotechnical survey works with 45 day deadlines.
Topographical Survey Work
Technical & financial bids were opened by DMRC on January 20. Results:
|Shivam Surveying System
Brief Scope: Topographical Survey work for preparation of DPR for Metro Corridor from New Delhi Metro Station to KnowledgePark-II (Gr Noida)
Geotechnical Survey Work
Technical & financial bids were opened by DMRC on February 15. Results:
|Cengrs Geotechnica Pvt Ltd
|Techpro Engineers Pvt Ltd
Scope: Geotechnical Survey for preparation of DPR for Metro Corridor from New Delhi Metro Station to Knowledge Park-II (Gr.Noida)
I’ve mapped out what this line could possibly look like in black color below:
There are at least 2 more train lines planned on a portion of this route’s alignment.
Noida & Greater Noida authorities have a new 15 km line connecting Sector 142 and Botanical Garden in the works. And then the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) has grand plans to connect Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi, Greater Noida and Jewar Airport as part of the 865 km Delhi – Varanasi High-Speed Rail (DVHSR Bullet Train) project.
Back in 2021-22, DMRC also prepared a DPR for a 35 km metro line linking Knowledge Park II and Jewar Airport – see a map and read about it here.
There’s a long way to go before this project gets finalized and construction begins. But before that happens, I’d like 2 things to happen:
(1) Trash this plan and see IGI and Jewar airports linked via the existing Airport Express Line via Dwarka IICC, Gurgaon and Faridabad. This will be a more direct connection.
(2) See this line and even the Airport Express Line get handed over to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) so all semi high-speed lines’ planning and execution in the NCR is done under one house.
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