NOIDA: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation MD Mangu Singh said on Sunday the Noida-Greater Noida Metro project is on course for completion within its deadline and the track is expected to be ready for trials by July 2017.
He also said that civil engineering work onm the track will be over by March 2017.
Singh last week inspected the corridor, work on which started in May, and expressed satisfaction with the pace of work. The Greater Noida Metro link is expected to roll out by December 2017.
Singh’s inspection of the Metro work followed one by Noida Authority chairman Rama Raman earlier this month. Raman had on October 10 kickstarted work on laying of the track’s first pillar at Delta-1 in Greater Noida.
According to the DMRC officials, till now a total of 15 piling rigs out of 18 have been mobilized and 700 piles, the foundation for the pillars, out of 5,000 have been made. Shifting of utilities along the corridor is also under progress. “Trees falling along the alignment of the track have been shifted to other locations Around 400-500 trees have been shifted and around 1,100 trees have been saved by shifting of piers of the track,” said Raman. “Meanwhile, saplings are being planted at various locations by DMRC officials and there is a plan to plant around 30, 000 trees,” he added. Singh also planted trees at the two casting yards during his inspection.
The 30km Noida-Greater Noida corridor will have 21 elevated stations and a depot in Greater Noida, of which 15 stations fall in Noida and 6 including the depot station fall in Greater Noida. All the stations will be equipped with platform screen doors, solar panels and rainwater harvesting facilities.
The corridor has two casting yards, one near Sector 149 Metro station and the other at depot station in Greater Noida. Two casting yards were planned owing to the length of the line and shortage of time to complete the project. According to DMRC officials, to facilitate work on the corridor at a faster pace, pre-cast pier caps and pre cast U-girders of 27 metres length will be used. “These will be cast at both the casting yards simultaneously. The casting of U – girders has already begun and out of a total 1,000 U-girders, 10 U-girders have already been casted this month,” said an official.
The corridor will cross the Dedicated Railway Freight Corridor and the Yamuna-Agra flyover. It will have its highest point near Knowledge Park II station. This station will also be connected to the Greater Noida Expo Centre and Special Economic Zone through walkalators. Noida-Greater Noida corridor will be linked with the upcoming Noida City Centre to Sector 62 Metro corridor.