Wednesday, February 16, 2022

First proposal to link two NCR airports — a 72km metro line

 Greater Noida: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed a 72km high-speed corridor between the upcoming Noida airport in Jewar and Delhi’s IGI airport. The metro connectivity will be built in two phases and will have 13 stations in total between Jewar and New Delhi railway station. The corridor will then connect with Delhi’s Airport Express line to reach IGI.

In a presentation to officials of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) on Monday, a DMRC team said the first phase — 35km long — will have both underground and elevated portions and will connect Knowledge Park 2 on the Aqua Line with the Noida airport. This independent corridor will have an interchange at Knowledge Park 2 and there will be seven stations between them.

DMRC is likely to submit the detailed project report by March 31 and follow it up with a feasibility study of the second phase of the metro link. The second phase, sources said, was likely to be around 37km long and would span from Knowledge Park 2 to New Delhi railway station. The route is likely to run parallel to the Noida expressway and will have stations at New Ashok Nagar and Yamuna Bank.

“On Tuesday, DMRC gave a presentation of their proposal to connect Noida airport with Delhi’s IGI. The entire corridor will be 72km long. The first phase will be built from Jewar to Knowledge Park 2 and the second from Knowledge Park 2 to New Delhi railway station. The DPR for the first phase is likely to be ready by March 31,” said Arun Vir Singh, the YEIDA CEO. According to the sources, the 35km first phase of the corridor will cost around Rs 5,000 crore.

16/02/28 Meenakshi Sinha/Times of India

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