The Union cabinet on Wednesday cleared the much-awaited metro extension of Noida City Centre-Sector 62 section with the allotment of the Centre’s share of funds to the project. This extension will provide big relief along with great connectivity to the residents of Noida-Greater Noida and nearby areas of Ghaziabad.
The new line will be the extension of the Dwarka-Noida City Centre corridor on the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro with an investment of Rs 1,967 crore. The section is proposed to have six elevated stations at Noida City Centre, Sector 34, Sector 52, Sector 61, Sector 59 and Sector 62.
Briefing the media, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The total stretch for the extension is 6.675 km long and it will provide transport facilities to a large number of people living in Noida besides catering to residents of nearby areas of Ghaziabad.”
He further said that Noida is expanding in terms of commerce and educational facilities and the extended line will help in greater mobility of people.
According to an official release, the Centre will make an investment of Rs 340 crore on account of grants and subordinate debt, while the rest will be taken care by the Noida Metro Rail Corporation and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. Around 81% of work is already completed on this line and there are possibilities to start operation on this route in September.
The release also said, “The corridor will encourage people to shift base to Noida, thus decongesting Delhi. It will benefit people living and working in areas such as Indirapuram. Moreover residential and commercial complexes will also develop in this region giving a boost to the real estate sector too. And, with Metro in place, there will be less vehicular traffic on roads, leading to less congestion in Delhi and Noida both.”
It further informed that about 800 staff, including engineers, are currently working at the project site and the DMRC has started the procedure for recruitment of around 200 employees for operation and maintenance of this corridor.
The line is also important in terms of its connectivity to Greater Noida. Sector 52 Noida will become an interchange station, from where metro will further change its way to sector 137, 144, and 148. The line will end at Greater Noida.