A pedestrian bridge linking the Sector 52 station of Delhi Metro’s Blue Line to the neighboring Sector 52 station of Noida Metro’s Aqua Line here will be constructed within a year, the NMRC said on Thursday.
The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said this two days after its 31st board meeting.
During the Board meeting, the NMRC also deliberated on expediting the Centre’s approval of a Detailed Project Report for the extension of Aqua Line from Sector 51 Station in Noida at Knowledge Park V in Greater Noida (west) by May this year, the NMRC said.
The meeting was held on Tuesday during which the Board also approved a budget of Rs 287.62 crore for the financial year 2022-2023 and gave the go-ahead for an internal audit report, he said. added.
“The Board meeting was convened for standard statutory compliance such as approval of the budget for the financial year 2022-2023 in the amount of Rs 287.62 crore (net) and approval of the report of ‘internal audit,’ NMRC chief executive Ritu Maheshwari said in a statement.
“Council also discussed expediting DPR Center approval of Sector 51 at Knowledge Park V, positively by May 2022 to facilitate travel and improve ridership,” she added. .
“Council has also been informed that the FOB between Sector 51 and 52 metro stations will now be constructed by the Noida Authority and the works will be completed within a year,” said Maheshwari, who is also the CEO of Noida Authority.
The Aqua Line currently has an average daily ridership of 16,065 passengers, taking into account the period of the COVID-19 pandemic when its services were suspended. The metro between Noida and Greater Noida recorded its highest one-day ridership of 39,451 passengers on September 19, 2019, according to NMRC officials.
The FOB linking the stations in sectors 52 and 51 will make it an interchange station between the two metro lines. The Blue Line is operated by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation while the Aqua Line in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh is run by the NMRC.
Sector 52 and 51 metro stations are only 300 meters apart with a walkway, but due to the lack of a connected interchange facility, passengers currently have to exit a station and go into the other one, go through the security check and double search. Built at a cost of Rs 5,503 crore, the 29.7 km long Aqua line was opened to passengers in January 2019. A “walkway” or FOB to cover the 300 meter stretch between the two stations has been on offer since 2019.
Residents of Noida and Greater Noida have often bemoaned this hassle and demanded a FOB for a seamless interchange facility between the two stations, such as those at DMRC’s Botanical Garden, Hauz Khas or Sikandarpur metro stations.
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