Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC)’s board this week approved the revised Detailed Project Report (DPR) for a new metro corridor connecting Sector-142 and Botanical Garden in Noida, per Indian Express.
This 11.56 km long elevated line along the Noida – Greater Noida Expressway’s eastern service lane will likely function as a spur of the operational 29.7 km Aqua Line and include 8 new elevated stations at Botanical Garden (interchange with Delhi Metro‘s Blue & Magenta lines), Noida Sector-44, Noida Authority Office, Noida Sector-97, Noida Sector-105, Noida Sector-108, Noida Sector-93, and Panchsheel Balak Inter College.
The project is estimated to cost Rs. 2254.35 crore and its revised DPR was prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which operates & maintains the Aqua Line between Noida and Greater Noida.
Here’s my purely fictitious take on how the line’s alignment and the location of its stations might end up looking:
A metro line linking Sector-142 and Botanical Gardens has been in the works since at least 2015. The DPR’s prior draft, prepared by DMRC in June 2022, apparently had just 5 stations located at Sectors 46, Sector 47, Sector 108, Biodiversity Park and Sector 91 which necessitated a revision to improve the line’s ridership.
The revised DPR has already been sent to Noida Authority for its approval. Following their feedback and approval, the DPR will subsequently be sent to the Uttar Pradesh government for its cabinet’s approval.
Meanwhile, there’s been absolutely no movement on the Aqua Line’s northern extension from Noida’s Sector-51 to Greater Noida West’s Sector-2. GR Infraprojects was declared as the lowest bidder for its construction after four rounds of bidding back in December 2021, but a contract was never awarded.
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