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Metro rolls into Noida

Taking the big leap into the National Capital Region,Delhi Metro’s first train to Noida was flagged off on Thursday from Akshardham Metro station.

Written by Sweta Dutta | Mumbai |
November 13, 2009 12:28:40 am

Noida line will add another 13.1 kmS to Line 3,extending it to 47.3 kmS; entire corridor will have 42 stations; Train frequency will be 12 mins at peak hours

Taking the big leap into the National Capital Region,Delhi Metro’s first train to Noida was flagged off on Thursday from Akshardham Metro station. Another ceremonial flag off was done from Noida City Centre (Sector 32).

An extension of Line 3 — Dwarka Sector 9 to Yamuna Bank — the line chugs into Noida covering a distance of 13.1 km with stoppages at ten stations. It will be opened for the public from Friday.

Delayed by well over a month from its October deadline,the line came up after eleven piers detected with cracks were strengthened and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was convinced of the safety arrangements.

The line is expected to add a passenger load of 53,000 — a positive growth for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. But it is expected to add more pressure on Line 3,which is already overcrowded and is facing a severe shortage of trains.

“Initially,every third train from Dwarka will continue to Noida City Centre and two will terminate at Yamuna Bank. As more trains become available,every alternate train from Yamuna Bank will continue to Noida,” said Anuj Dayal,spokesperson,DMRC.

The Noida line will add another 13.1 km to the existing stretch of Line 3,extending it to 47.3 kms.

The entire corridor will have 42 stations. All stations in the Delhi region will have parking facilities.

“The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation is planning to run feeder buses to most stations in Noida. The buses will run at a frequency of 15 to 20 minutes,” said an official.

The Akshardham station — tallest of the Delhi Metro — stands at a height of 21 metres. It is being developed into a metro mall by Parsvnath Developers.

The exterior of the station matches the look of the temple adjacent — Dholpur stone,which has been used for the temple,has been used for the station too,said DMRC officials.

The stations in Noida have a new,modern look,in sync with the nearby malls. “The exteriors are made using aluminium composite panel. The technique is mostly used for the exterior of malls and other modern buildings,” Dayal said. “As an integral part of the design,all staircases leading inside the station’s unpaid area from entry points will also double up as foot overbridges,enabling commuters to get to the other side of the road.”

Speaking on the occasion,Union Minister for Urban Development Jaipal Reddy said: “Yesterday,we had a meeting of the NCR Board. Considering the progress of metro services to NCR,Sreedharan is confident we will be able to fulfil the promise of completing the other projects before the Commonwealth Games. We will like to reach Faridabad and Ghaziabad soon and go as far as possible on commercially viable routes.”

Line 3 at a glance
Arvinder Singh Lovely,Delhi Transport Minister today announced that common cards for travel in buses and metro will be introduced soon. Trials for this will begin from November 24

Noida line to get seven new trains for now. More to be added after the manufacturer,Bombardier,supplies new trains

Initial frequency of trains to be 12 minutes at peak hours CISF personnel to man the line

Stations
In Delhi:
Yamuna Bank,Akshardham Temple,Mayur Vihar-I Mayur Vihar Ext.,New Ashok Nagar

In Noida: Sector 15,Sector 16,Sector 18,Botanical Garden,Golf Course and City Centre (Sector 32)

Connectivity to proposed Games Village is through kshardham Temple Metro Station

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