The trial run of the Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail commenced on January 2, 2018, with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC’s) managing director Mangu Singh flagging off the ambitious project, to link the twin cities by rail. Singh flagged off the trial run after a brief ritual ceremony, which was attended by chief executive officer and Noida Metro Rail Corporation’s managing director Alok Tandon, besides other DMRC officials.
Initially, the metro will run between Greater Noida Depot to Knowledge Park 2 metro station, a stretch of around six kms, after tests and clearance, according to an official release. The total length of this metro link is 29.07 kms and is called the Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail corridor. It has 21 metro stations, with Noida Sector 71 in Noida and Delta Depot Station in Greater Noida being the two terminus stations, the release stated.
The rolling stock for this corridor will be procured from CRRC Limited, a state-owned Chinese manufacturer. The train, with four coaches, had arrived in Greater Noida on December 14, 2017. Basic movement trials and validations were done over the last fortnight. The train has been designed with ‘Aqua Blue’ as its theme colour. Each train will comprise four coaches, with a total seating capacity of 186 passengers. Total passenger capacity of the train (seating + standing) would be approximately 1,000 passengers.
The civil work on this standard gauge corridor, having 21 stations, was completed in November 2017. Track laying and system works are in progress.
During the test run, the train will undergo rigorous signaling testing. The interface of the metro train will be checked, to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done. After the trial run and technical clearance, the metro service will be inaugurated and opened to the public, by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the release said.
The Noida and Greater Noida Authorities will have their own special purpose vehicle (SPV), jointly funded by authorities of the two cities, in the name of NMRC. The purpose of the NMRC, will be to facilitate mass transit and other urban transport in the twin cities, it said. Beside the Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor, the NMRC will develop two other metro corridors. One corridor will be a 14.95-km corridor between Noida Sector 71-72 to Greater Noida Knowledge Park V, having nine stations. The other corridor will be 10.922 km, from Okhla Birds Sanctuary to Sector 142 Noida, having eight stations.