NMRC pulling out all stops to complete Noida Metro by 2017-end
Since the depot is located in Greater Noida, the trial run section of 10km length will be readied first. Trial runs are important to ensure safety certification of all systems. There are 21 stations in total. The trials are likely to start by August 2017 since the first lot of trains is expected in June 2017. We will try to ensure that the civil work, track work and electric wire work etc are ready in the trial section, i.e Greater Noida area starting from depot to Knowledge Park 2 station. As you would agree, the detailed project report for this corridor was made by DMRC and various feasibility studies were undertaken by DMRC to come up with a viable and optimal corridor connecting the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida. These were reserved for SEZs under the Master Plan and there is nothing existing in this sectors as of now. Noida is known for providing infrastructure first and that’s what we are doing here. We want to provide connectivity to these sectors first, development can take place eventually. Since the environment issue is sub judice (National Green Tribunal), I will not like to comment. A detailed reply has already been f i l ed by DMRC a n d NMRC . M e t r o projects are exempt from taking environmental clearance and DMRC projects have been built across the Yamuna river at many locations in Delhi. They will take similar precautions here also while crossing the river Hindon.With regard to water requirement, the stations need around 15,000 litres of water every day which is being arranged through Noida and Greater Noida as per their system network. The water requirement for the depot in Greater Noida will be high due to train washing etc. Also rain water harvesting is being done at all viaduct stations and depots as per DMRC practices. The water used in the depot shall be 100% recycled during the second tier for use in depot.
Environment measures are being taken at site to avoid dust pollution such as regular sprinkling of water, use of polymers instead of bentonite to avoid any ground water c ontamination e t c. Solar panels have been planned on this corridor on roofs of all station depots and boundary wall of depots.
We have targeted 10 mw of solar power generation along this corridor and also plan to get the diamond rating for our buildings by Indian Green Building Council. (IGBC).