• Noida Metro races to set world record

    The civil works on the Noida-Greater Noida Metro track is about 40% complete. Announcing this on Saturday, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials said the Metro corridor was likely to roll by the end of next year and also set a world record as no Metro line has been commissioned in a span of two and a half years.

    Earlier on Saturday, Dr Mangu Singh, MD, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), conducted an inspection of the corridor and expressed satisfaction with the pace of work, which began in May last year.

    Singh’s inspection of the corridor started at 9am and continued till 1pm. During the four hours, he carried out a detailed scrutiny of the track quizzing DMRC officials. Singh also issued directions for procurement of two additional cranes to expedite work on the track. Now a total of six cranes will be deployed for work on the link. The MD also visited the facilities – rest room, training room and cafe – put in place for the labour working on the track and shared space with them.

    According to DMRC officials, work on the Metro line is progressing at a fast pace. Till now, out of a total 1,800 U-girders, 90 U-girders have already been cast. Piling work on stations is also being carried simultaneously at all 21 stations along the track. Piling work has been completed in 19 ot the 21 stations. Currently, concourse casting is being done at those stations which have completed piling work. Concourse casting has also been completed at seven stations and platforms will be cast next. The first station to be completed will be the Sector 72 Metro station in Noida, which is likely to be in place by the end of May. The second station to follow will be the Delta station in Greater Noida, officials said.

    Officials further told TOI that they had also completed 70% work on the depot in Greater Noida. The depot will cater to the requirements of the corridor and is to be used for maintenance and servicing of the Metro coaches that will run on the route. The depot will be environment-friendly and its boundary wall and building will be equipped with solar panels. The electricity generated by the panels will be used by the depot for lighting its building. Coming up across 50 acres of land in Greater Noida, it will also house a ‘Metro security park’.

    The MoU between DMRC and Noida & Greater Noida Authorities was signed in October 2014 and the construction is being executed by CEC-SAM India JV. Once the track, costing Rs 5,533 crore, is in place it would not only provide a fast link between the two townships but also bring these places closer to the national capital. 

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