The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is planning to run trains at a higher average speed of 40-45 km per hour on the approved extension from Noida City Centre to Bodaki village. The line , which will run along the Noida-Greater Noida expressway, is slated to be completed by 2017, DMRC officials said.
“We are planning to have the trains stop at every alternate station. For example, if there are six stations, then the first train will stop at stations 1, 3 and 5, while the next train will stop at stations 2, 4 and 6,” an official said.
DMRC officials said trains on the Delhi Metro network currently run at an average speed of a little over 30 km/hour.
“From a security point of view, it is not possible, and nor is it needed, to run the trains any faster when your stations are hardly a kilometre apart,” an official said.
An official said trains on the extension line will be three coaches long, because the corridor is expected to invite less traffic initially.
“Once the areas around the Noida-Greater Noida expressway develop, we can hope for increased footfalls. The stations have already been planned in a way that they lie at crossroads, so that they may cater to traffic from more than just one or two sectors,” the official said.
In addition to the extension, DMRC is also planning to have only five stations on the 9-kilometre-long link connecting Sector-143 on the extension and Kalindi Bird Sanctuary station on Line 8 (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden). The official said fewer stations would help them run the trains at a higher speed.
“At the point where the link crosses the Noida-Greater Noida expressway, we would like to have an underground section as opposed to an elevated stretch, since the horizontal span between two pillars on an elevated stretch would be too wide. Besides, it would look bad aesthetically,” the official said.