The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail project which will cost around Rs 5,500 crore for a 30-km stretch. The link is expected to be operational by April, 2018. The Aqua Line, as it has been named, will start from Sector 71 in Noida and will connect to the the Delhi Metro’s Blue Line, which is being extended from Noida City Centre to Sector 62. The Aqua Line is being built by the Noida Metro Rail Corporation, which in January got approval for an assistance of Rs 1,587 crore from the National Capital Regional Planning board at a subsidised rate. The trial run on the new line, which will have 21 stations, may happen by the end of this year.
The new line is expected to provide an alternative commuting link for around 7.5 lakh people living in the Noida-Greater Noida stretch, apart from residents in the surrounding areas.