UP CM Inaugurates Noida-Greater Noida Metro Corridor
The Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor, also known as the Aqua Line, is now open for public use as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath and Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri has inaugurated the corridor on January 25. The 29.7-km stretch with 21 stations will run fully on solar power.
While service will be open for public from January 26, on the first day of its run, it will ply between 10.30 am to 5 pm. After that, it will run between 6 am and 10 pm, providing much-needed relief to commuters in the National Capital Region.
The Metro stations on this route include Sector 71, 51, 78, 101, 81, Dadri Road, Sector 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 147, 153, 146, 149 in Noida, and Knowledge Park-II, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Alpha 1, Delta 1 and Depot Metro Station in Greater Noida. Fifteen of these stations would be in Noida, the other six would fall within Greater Noida.
(Source: Noida Rail Metro Corporation)
The project is likely to generate significant direct and indirect employment of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workforce providing the much-needed boost to the real estate markets of Noida and Greater Noida. Consequently, rates of property in the region, which is also going to have an airport in the near future, may shoot up significantly. Currently, average property rates in Greater Noida stand at Rs 3,500 per square foot (psf) and Rs 3,200 psf in Noida Extension.
The Uttar Pradesh government has also approved Phase-II of the network. In this phase, the existing line would bifurcate from Noida Sector 71 and will be extended till Knowledge Park-V in Greater Noida West. The new line will be 15 km in length and will have nine stations, two in Noida (Sector 122 and 123) and seven in Greater Noida West (Sector 4, Ecotech 12, Sectors 2, 3, 10, 12 and Knowledge Park-V) .