New Delhi, May 27: In a bid to boost connectivity, the Narendra Modi government has approved the Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail Project. The project is believed to cover a length of 29.707 km with an estimated cost of Rs 5,503 crore. The Metro rail connection between Noida and Greater Noida will result into people being assured about their mobility. Due to the metro link, more people will like to move to these satellite towns of Delhi, thus decongesting Delhi while residential and commercial complexes will develop in this region.

As per a government press release, population of people in Noida-Greater Noida is about 7.50 Lakh and the approval of this metro link is believed to benefit people of surrounding areas.  Noida mainly has road linkages with Delhi and the adjoining areas of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana State. Noida does not have a railway station and the nearest railway station is Hazarat Nizamuddin, which is at a distance of about 15 km and the nearest airport Delhi is at about 30 km from Noida. Greater Noida does not have a railway station and the nearest railway station is Boraki, which is at 3 km from the proposed terminal metro station at Greater Noida. The nearest airport is Delhi at about 45 km from Greater Noida. The population is expected to grow exponentially in Noida -Greater Noida region in the coming years.

About the new Noida and Greater Noida metro rail project:

  1. The project will be implemented by Noida Metro Rail Corporation Limited, which will be a 50:50 jointly owned company of Govt. of India and Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
  2. The existing Noida Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) which is a State owned Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be converted into a joint SPV of Government of India (Gol) and Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP), for implementation of the project.
  3. The project would generate significant direct and indirect employment of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workforce. Substantial indirect employment will also be generated during construction and operation phases.
  4. The project is scheduled to be completed by April, 2018 as per the Detailed Project Report (DPR). About 70% progress of civil work and 40% of overall financial progress of the project have been achieved.
  5. The Project will be covered under the legal framework of Central Metro Acts, Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978 and the Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, as amended from time to time.

The Noida city, located in Gautam Buddha Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh State possesses all modern amenities and is considered to be one of the most modern suburbs of Delhi in the National Capital Region (NCR). The population of Noida and Greater Noida as per 2011 Census of India is about 7,50,000 and is projected to grow to 19,00,000 by the year 2021. People from Delhi and surrounding area prefer NOIDA for settlement.  Greater Noida, also envisaged as a satellite town to control the migration to Delhi, is planned to have a population of 12,00,000 and employment potential of 4,50,000 by 2021.

While settlements have started coming up in Greater Noida, it is still in the developing stage and needs greater connectivity with Noida and Delhi. Meanwhile, Noida has a potential of about 10,000 industrial units and presently about 7,500 are developed and functional. Noida provides employment to over 2,00,000 in the region with these industrial units. With metro rail in place, there will be less vehicular traffic on roads leading to less congestion. The metro rail link will reduce the travel time and cost of journey. Due to this, there will be less consumption of fossil fuel which will help in reducing the growing environmental pollution.