Progress on Noida-Greater Noida metro corridor satisfactory: DMRC chief

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Managing Director Mangu Singh has expressed satisfaction with the pace of work on the under-construction of the Noida-Greater Noida metro project after inspecting the corridor recently.
The corridor, on which work had begun in May this year, is approximately 30 km long. It has 21 stations, all elevated, and one depot and will be on standard gauge, a press release from DMRC said.
Of the 2 stations, 15 will be in Noida and the remaining six and the depot will be in Greater Noida.
All the stations will have platform screen doors, solar panels and rainwater harvesting facilities. The depot will have the capacity to stable and maintain 130 cars. Out of the 21 stations, 16 will be on the central verge and five will be off the road.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between DMRC and Noida-Greater Noida Authorities was signed in October 2014 and the tender for the entire corridor was awarded to CEC-SAM India joint venture in May this year.
Soil investigations and geo-technical survey of the corridor has been completed. For initial soil investigation, 200 borelogs were dug along the corridor. Till now, a total of 15 piling rigs out of 18 have been mobilized and 700 piles (the foundation for the pillars) out of 5000 have been made. Shifting of utilities along the corridor is also under progress, the release said.
The corridor has two casting yards: one at Noida Sector 149 Metro station in Noida and the other at depot station in Greater Noida. 
To facilitate work on the corridor at a faster pace, pre-cast pier caps and pre-cast U-girders (27 mts in length) will be used, and these will be cast at both the casting yards simultaneously. The casting of U- girders has already begun and out of a total 1000 U-girders, 10 have been cast this month, t said.
The corridor will cross beneath the Dedicated Railway Freight Corridor and above the Yamuna – Agra Flyover at 28 mts. which will also be the highest point of the corridor near the Knowledge Park – II metro station. This station will also be connected to the Greater Noida Expo Centre and Special Economic Zone through walkalators.
Noida – Greater Noida corridor will be linked with the Noida City Centre--Sector 62 Metro corridor. A foot overbridge will be connecting Sector 52 metro station of Noida City Centre to Sector 62 corridor with Sector 71 Metro station (the first station of the corridor) of the Noida-Greater Noida corridor.
The target for completion of civil work for the corridor is March 2017 and the work is progressing as per schedule at a fast pace, the release added.


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