The Noida Metro is a rapid transit system connecting the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. The metro network consists of one line (called Aqua Line), with a total length of 29.7 kilometres (18.5 mi) serving 21 stations. A second line is planned. The system has all elevated stations using standard-gauge tracks.
|Owner||Noida Metro Rail Corporation|
|Area served||Noida & Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|Transit type||Rapid Transit|
|Number of lines||1 (operational)|
|Line number||Aqua Line|
|Number of stations||21|
|Daily ridership||16,000 (2022)|
|Chief executive||Kamran Rizvi, IAS |
Ritu Maheshwari, IAS
|Headquarters||Block-III, Ganga Shopping Complex, Sector-29, Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|Began operation||25 January 2019|
|Operator(s)||Delhi Metro Rail Corporation|
|Train length||4 coaches|
|System length||29.7 km (18.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||25 kV 50 Hz AC overhead catenary|
|Top speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The services are available from 6:00am to 10:00pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, trains are available between 8:00am and 10:00pm. The trains make 163 trips a day from Monday to Friday using a fleet of 10 trains and the frequency is 10 minutes during peak hours (8:00am–11:00am and 5:00pm–8:00pm) and 15 minutes during off-peak hours. On Saturday and Sunday the frequency is 10 minutes. Initially, the trains are composed of four cars to be extended up to six in the future.
Noida Metro is the 11th Metro system to be built in India and 2nd in Uttar Pradesh after Lucknow Metro. It is the Ninth longest operational metro network in India after the Delhi Metro, Hyderabad Metro, Chennai Metro, Namma Metro and Kolkata Metro.
Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), a state-owned corporation, is building and owns the system. However, the operations and maintenance of Noida Metro lies with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The line is connected to Delhi Metro at Noida Sector 51 station by a footbridge. Foundation for the NMRC project was laid down in October 2014, with the construction being commenced by the end of December 2014 by then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav. Trial runs started in August 2018, and the metro was inaugurated on 25 January 2019 by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath. Noida metro is connected with blue line of DMRC at Noida Sector 52 and is planned to be connected with the proposed Jewar Airport through Aqua line of NMRC.
The Uttar Pradesh government approved the construction of a 29.7 km (18.5 mi) metro line linking Noida with Greater Noida in October 2014. The government also appointed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as the turnkey consultant for the project.
The detailed project report (DPR) was prepared by the DMRC. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) was formed to implement the project. The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet approved the project and forwarded the DPR to Government of India in October 2013. The Government of India and UP will each bear 20% of the costs and loans from external agencies would be taken to fund the rest 60% of the project. Twenty percent funding from UP will be shared by Noida and Greater Noida Authorities, based on the length of track that passes through the two areas.
The NMRC announced on 30 November 2016 that the first line of the metro would be called the Aqua Line. Explaining the choice, NMRC managing director Santosh Yadav stated, "Aqua signifies an eco-friendly colour, which is what we want to portray." The project received safety clearance from the commissioner of metro rail safety on 21 December 2018.
The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) approved an extension of the Aqua Line as part of Phase 2 of the metro project on 4 December 2018. The 15 km extension will link Noida Sector 71 to Knowledge Park 5 in Greater Noida. The extension will consist of nine stations and is expected to cost ₹2,602 crore (US$330 million). The new stations are Sector 122 and Sector 123 in Noida and Sector 4, Ecotech 12, Sectors 2, Sector 3, Sector 10, Sector 12 and Knowledge Park V in Greater Noida.
Noida Sector 51 to Depot
- Oct 2014: UP Government approves the metro project.
- Sep 2015: Work progress in around Sec-71, Noida.
- Nov 2015: 700 piles (pillar foundation) out of total 5000 have been made.
- Feb 2016: NMRC completes first phase of construction in eight months. At this rate, the corridor is expected to be operational publicly by May 2017.
- Feb 2017: 70% work completed.
- Mar 2017: Train trials to start by December 2017 and commercial operations by April 2018.
- June 2017: Commercial operations to start by April 2018.
- July 2017: 95% civil work of track and metro station completed, trial to start by year end.
- Aug 2017: Metro train trial to start by year end on 6-km track from Depot station to Knowledge Park station.
- Sep 2017: Commercial operations to start by April 2018.
- Oct 2017: 97% civil work done. All stations to be ready by October end.
- Nov 2017: The last girder was placed thus completing viaduct work for whole metro line.
- Dec 2017: Four Aqua Line coaches arrive from China, each costing INR 11 crores. Trial run to begin soon.
- Jan 2018: Limited trial run started on 1 km (0.62 mi) stretch.
- Mar 2018: Full-fledged trial run to start in April.
- Jun 2018: Trial runs going on from Gr Noida Depot to Noida Sector-148 slowly it will be extended to terminating station in Noida Sector-71. The line will become fully operational by Dec 2018.
- Sep 2018: Trials continued for extended month till November 2018.
- Nov 2018: Currently, the corridor is undergoing extensive trials prior to final inspection by the commissioner of metro rail safety.
- Dec 2018: Safety trial successfully conducted and fares decided.
- Jan 2019: On 25 January, Aqua line was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath & cabinet minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.
- Dec 2018: Uttar Pradesh government approved the project on 04-Dec-2018.
- Aug 2019: Project to get delayed due to financial viability. PPP mode to be explored.
- Dec 2019: Project approved in Uttar Pradesh cabinet meeting, project deadline set to 2022
- Jun 2020: Tenders invited and to be submitted by end of June-2020.
- July 2020: Tender for construction to be awarded by September.
- Feb 2021: The tender and bidding process for Noida Aqua-Line Extension Project was conducted thrice between June 2020 and February 2021 but all three times they were cancelled due to relatively low response from the construction companies.
- June 2021: Tender for the Noida Metro Aqua Line Extension has been floated for the fourth time
- July 2021: This time NMRC has received 3 bids from Sam India Builtwell, GR Infra Projects, and Ashoka Buildcon. After the technical evaluation of bids NMRC has final candidates.
The operated 29.7-kilometre (18.5 mi) Aqua Line has 21 stations. The line starts from Noida Sector 51 metro station and will run through sectors 50, 76, 101, 81, NSEZ, 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147 and 148; after this it will enter Greater Noida and will go through Knowledge Park-II, Pari Chowk, Alpha-1, Delta-1 and GNIDA Office before terminating in Depot Station.
The entire route is on elevated track. All stations are equipped with platform screen doors. The corridor was completed at a cost of ₹5,503 crore, according to the NMRC. This line has an interchange station with the Delhi Metro at Noida Sector 52 metro station.
|#||Station Name||Total length in metres||Interstation distance in metres||Opening||Connections||Layout|
|1||Noida Sector 51||नोएडा सेक्टर ५१||0.000||0.000||25 January 2019||Blue Line||Elevated|
|2||Noida Sector 50||नोएडा सेक्टर ५०||1041.5||1041.5||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|3||Noida Sector 76||नोएडा सेक्टर ७६||2095.0||1053.5||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|4||Noida Sector 101||नोएडा सेक्टर १०१||3105.2||1010.2||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|5||Noida Sector 81||नोएडा सेक्टर ८१||4228.9||1123.7||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|6||NSEZ||एन॰एस॰ई॰ज़ेड॰||5153.3||924.4||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|7||Noida Sector 83||नोएडा सेक्टर ८३||7130||1976.7||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|8||Noida Sector 137||नोएडा सेक्टर १३७||8279.4||1149.4||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|9||Noida Sector 142||नोएडा सेक्टर १४२||9631.1||1351.7||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|10||Noida Sector 143||नोएडा सेक्टर 1४३||11279.1||1648.0||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|11||Noida Sector 144||नोएडा सेक्टर १४४||12500.6||1221.5||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|12||Noida Sector 145||नोएडा सेक्टर १४५||13852.8||1352.2||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|13||Noida Sector 146||नोएडा सेक्टर १५३||15084.1||1231.3||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|14||Noida Sector 147||नोएडा सेक्टर १४७||16617.1||1533.0||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|15||Noida Sector 148||नोएडा सेक्टर १४८||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|16||Knowledge Park II||नॉलेज पार्क २||19910.6||3293.5||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|17||Pari Chowk||परी चौक||22239||2328.4||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|18||Alpha 1||एल्फा १||24010.8||921.8||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|19||Delta 1||डेल्टा १||25096.7||1085.9||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|20||GNIDA Office||जी एन आई डी ए ऑफिस||26182.6||1855.8||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
|21||Depot||डिपो||27881.4||1699.0||25 January 2019||None||Elevated|
Noida Sector 51 to Knowledge Park VEdit
The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) on 4 December 2018, approved the Noida Metro Phase 2 from Noida Sector 51 to Knowledge Park V in Greater Noida. The extension will cover up to 15 km and comprise 9 stations and cost Rs 2602 crore.
According to the detailed project report (DPR), the new track would be completed in two phases and the entire project would connect Sector 51 in Noida and Knowledge Park V in Greater Noida. The first phase would be between Sector 51 and Greater Noida Sector 2, while the second phase would be between Greater Noida Sector 2 and Knowledge Park V stations, the DPR stated. There will be five stations in the first phase—Noida Sector 122, Sector 123, Greater Noida Sector 4, Eco Tech, and Greater Noida 2, while four stations in second phase—Greater Noida Sector 3, Sector 10, Sector 12 and Knowledge Park V.
The construction cost of the first phase of the Noida Aqua Line Extension Project will be Rs 536.04 crore and the completion period of the project is 2 years. If all goes well, construction work is expected to start in 2023.
Knowledge Park II to Noida International AirportEdit
DPR prepared for extension from Greater Noida to upcoming Noida International Airport at Jewar that will cover around 35.64 km and comprises 25 stations. The project cost is estimated to be Rs 5708 crore as per YEIDA officials.
Noida Sector 142 to Botanical GardenEdit
DPR prepared for extension from Noida Sec 142 to Botanical Garden metro station that will cover around 11.5 km and comprises 11 stations. The project is expected to finish by 2023 and provide direct connectivity between expressway sectors and greater Noida to Delhi metro without having to leave the metro system. The DPR is being vetted by the board of the NMRC before being sent across for approvals.
The metro uses lightweight rakes made of stainless steel and aluminum, manufactured by China's CRRC Corporation. Each train has a seating capacity of 186 and a standing capacity of 848, with total capacity of 1,034 passengers. Nineteen rakes with four coaches each, a total of 76 coaches, will operate of the Aqua Line. The cost of each coach is ₹4 crore (US$500,000). Trains are equipped with a passenger information system, a public address system and an emergency announcement system from the operation control centre.
All 21 stations, the train depot, and the NMRC offices will be powered by solar energy. The NMRC will install solar panels on the rooftops of all stations, footbridges, its main office building, the depot and parking lot boundary walls to generate an estimated 12 MW of solar power daily. The metro system will also be supplemented with conventional electricity, which will also be used as a backup. Trains will not be powered by solar power, and will instead use conventional power supply.
City bus & Feeder busEdit
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In the first phase, 50 AC CNG buses low floor buses are being operated on 6 routes. Noida and Greater Noida authorities were given the responsibility of running the City Bus Service in the ratio of 70:30 to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation. Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) presented the assessment of requirement of buses on 27 routes by conducting a survey for the city bus service and monitoring will be done by Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation. While one route will provide service as Metro feeder buses, two routes will cover intra city service, while one route will be for intra connectivity in Greater Noida city. Two routes have also been dedicated for connectivity between the cities of Noida and Greater Noida. The salient features of buses operated are:
1. All buses are air conditioned buses propelled with BS-IV CNG fuel
2. Technical specification of buses compatible with Urban Bus Specification –II as published by MOUD Govt. of India
3. The entry floor height of the bus is 340 mm, the first of its kind in India
4. The bus has provision of a kneeling mechanism with manual ramp for disabled persons
5. The bus is completely ITS equipped with PIS Boards and LED boards
6. CCTV have been fitted inside the bus for safety of passengers
Trains operate at an average speed of 35 km/h (22 mph) with a headway of ten minutes during non-peak hours and 7.30 minutes during peak hours from Monday to Friday, 15 minutes headway for Saturday and Sunday.
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