Monday, 16 November 2015

City Centre-Sec 62 Metro line construction takes off

Construction on the 6.8 km Metro link between Noida City Centre and Sector 62 began on Saturday, three months after Indo-Chinese joint venture Cico-YFC bagged the contract. A review meeting was held on Monday to take stock of the corridor and to clear all road blocks. The Noida Authority also handed over 2.5 acres of land to DMRC for the six elevated stations proposed along the route.

Officials said work on the track is expected to be completed on schedule. "Work along the corridor has started near the proposed Sector 34 Metro station after barricading the area," said P K Agarwal, additional CEO, Noida Authority.

"We have handed over the letter for the land where the elevated stations are to be constructed. Our chief project engineer (civil) A K Goel has been given the required directions for handing over the land in a day or two," he told TOI.

The track up to NH-24 is likely to be completed by November 2018, within 36 months from the start of construction. The project is estimated at Rs 2,000 crore.

The Metro line will be routed over the central verge of the Master Plan Road-III from Sector 32 in Noida.

This line will extend from the existing City Centre Metro station and connect Sector 32 to Sector 62 and touch NH-24. The route will have six elevated stations at sectors 34, 52, 59, 61, 62 and Electronic City (NH-24, Ghaziabad border).

The review meeting, which was attended by senior officials of DMRC, also tracked the progress of the under-construction 3.9 km Kalindi Kunj-Botanic Garden track.

"We have earmarked 4,400 sq m of land for CISF barrack and staff quarters. Also 31 trees near the proposed Okhla Bird Sanctuary station, which are coming in the way, need to be cut. We have the required permission from the district forest department and this work will be completed within a week," Agarwal said.

He added, "Some water and sewer lines under piers 44 and 45 of the track will also be shifted so that there are no remaining road blocks."

This Rs 845-crore corridor is likely to be ready almost 3 to 6 months before schedule. Trials for the track could start by December 2016. Currently, almost 50% of the work on the track has been completed.

Once this corridor is ready, commuters will no longer have to go to Rajiv Chowk Metro station to take Line 2 (Huda City Centre to Jahangirpuri) as the corridor will form a ringed route and connect Botanical Garden station with Hauz Khas station via Amity University, Kalindi Kunj and Kalkaji temple station.

Source: Times of India

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