Posted by rajat On December - 25 - 2011
Metro connectivity between Noida and South Delhi areas like Kalkaji, Malviya Nagar, Nehru Place, Green Park and Vasant Kunj will soon become a reality.

Under a major Metro connectivity and traffic-free plan, Noida Metro link will directly connect to Kalindi Kunj. If all things go according to plan, Metro connectivity between Noida and South Delhi areas like Kalkaji, Malviya Nagar, Nehru Place, Green Park and Vasant Kunj will come to fruition. As of now, passengers have to take the Noida-Dwarka route and get down at Rajiv Chowk station to change lines. Experts believe this plan will appreciate real estate markets of Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.

For Metro connectivity, the Noida authority’s board has already given a formal sanction to a 3.76km Metro route between Noida’s Botanical Garden and Kalindi Kunj near Sarita Vihar in the recently held board’s meeting. According to Mohinder Singh, chairman of Noida authority, the proposed Metro line will be a part of the DMRC’s larger plan to link Jahangirpuri and Kalindi Kunj. Noida authority and DMRC officials are scheduled to sit together soon to decide upon the alignments.

The new Metro link will also be a part of DMRC’s Phase III expansion plan, which will now cover 105km, instead of the proposed 70km earlier, to enter areas like Faridabad and Noida.
In addition, Noida will also be floating the tender for the extension of the Metro line from Noida City Centre to Badoki in Greater Noida. The entire line has been pegged at Rs 5,000 crore, which will be borne by the executor. This route will have 22 stations, 13 of which will be in Noida.

Rama Raman, CEO of Noida-Greater Noida authority, says that once the project is completed, it will be easy to move from Delhi to Noida-Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, as the authority has designed major road networking in addition to the Metro link.

The connectivity to the national capital and the NCR will get enhanced after the existing Delhi-Noida Metro link is extended. After the approval, the Noida authority is now canvassing with financial institutions for viability-gap funds and tax exemptions to meet the fund requirement. To get all clearances from the departments concerned and ensure due diligence, the Noida authority has appointed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as its consultant. According to the proposed alignment, 22 Metro stations have been proposed in the 28km-long Noida and Greater Noida Metro link, which will costs around Rs 5,000 crore at Rs 1.25 crore for every kilometre of Metro track.

Nearly 65,000 commuters are estimated to commute daily (in peak hours) on the proposed Metro line. This link will connect to Ghaziabad in the second phase of the plan. To connect the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida with Delhi and other NCR cities like Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad, the Noida-Greater Noida authority has made a proposal for a chain of connectivity.
In this chain of connectivity, the authority already has two earlier Metro links, which cover all the major areas of Delhi and the NCR. Under the new Metro Link 1, existing Metro terminal at Sector 32 (City Centre) will be extended up to Sector 62 and further connect to Gajipur (Delhi).

This proposed new Metro link will cover Gajipur, Kalyanpuri, Mayur Vihar Phase 1, Sarai Kale Khan, Moolchand, AIIMS, and Bhikaji Kama Place.
And through the new Metro Link 2, Sector 18 will be extended up to NH 8. It will cover AIIMS, Okhla, Nehru Place, Malviya Nagar, and Vasant Kunj; it will further connect to Gurgaon and Faridabad via Central Secretariat and Badarpur. If this dream comes about, Noida Sector 32 (City Centre) Metro line will extend up to Indirapuram via Sector 62, which connects further up to Vaishali Sector 4.

To improve the city-level infrastructure, the Noida authority is also planning wider, better and aesthetically pleasing roads. The width of sector roads in Noida will be increased from 30 metres to 45 metres and changes have been made to the Master Plan 2031 for this purpose as well.

While strengthening of roads will be done in concert with inputs from IIT Roorkee, engineers of the Noida authority will undertake to give the aesthetic touches to the project. The authority will also remove overhead electric wires and lay them underground along all important roads.

Rama Raman, CEO of Noida authority, says: “A 20-metre stretch of MP Road I from Vishwa Bharti School to GIP underpass has been taken up as a pilot project to ensure proper roadside greenery, footpath, drainage, street lighting and safe walk for pedestrians. On completion, the pilot project will be replicated on other city roads. “The model will be replicated at three stages; first, on the main roads, followed by other sector roads, and finally, inter-sector roads will be taken up for repair. In sectors like 94 and 127, residents have been facing traffic jams due to acute congestion. The increase in road width will take care of this problem. Residents may heave a sigh of relief as the road of Sector 37, which had been closed for construction of an underpass, will soon be reopened. Keeping in mind, the problems faced by commuters, the authority will open this road for traffic by the end of this month.”

Mohinder Singh says: “Once the construction work is complete, commuters who go towards Kalindi Kunj and Mahamaya flyover will not face any problem in commuting. Commuters will be able to enjoy a non-stop drive from Kalindi Kunj to Shashi Chowk. The first stage of the underpass, which is under construction, is almost complete.”

According to the Noida authority officials, two underpasses are being constructed to keep the city traffic-free; they will link Noida to Delhi and ease c o m m u t e r s ’ problems. Commuters travelling from Delhi to Noida and Ghaziabad will be benefitted with the opening of this road. Under the traffic-free work plan, a ‘Traffic Park’ will also be set up over an area of five acres near the e x p r e s s w a y, with the explicit purpose of p rov i d i n g awareness and training to children, and their parents, about the basic traffic rules. The park will also impart vehicle driving skills. The park will have three bridges where the RTO department will conduct tests for learners and enable them to earn their driving licences. Also, the information on traffic rules will be imparted to the schoolchildren by the traffic police here.

News Source : Times of India

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