While one metro line would be developed as an exclusive Airport Express Line, with no metro stations between Knowledge Park-II and the airport, the other metro line would go through commercial, residential, and rural areas along the Yamuna Expressway.
Jewar International Airport to get 2 metro networks! The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) has recently approved a budget of Rs 6,869 crore for two metro lines to the proposed Jewar International Airport, according to an HT report. According to officials, both the lines will start at Knowledge Park-II in Greater Noida and will terminate at the airport. While one metro line would be developed as an exclusive Airport Express Line, with no metro stations between Knowledge Park-II and the airport, the other metro line would go through commercial, residential, and rural areas along the Yamuna Expressway.
The UP state government has already started the process to hire a developer for the airport. Moreover, to bid for the development of the airport project, Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) has invited global players. The responsibility of preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for the airport with six runways has been handed over by the NIAL to the audit and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
According to the DPR submitted by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the metro project is expected to witness 82,000, commuters daily, which is not economically viable as per the traffic projections. According to the DPR, it requires over 1.6 lakh daily commuters for the project to become viable.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Yeida, Arun Vir Singh, who was quoted in the report, the authority cannot hold on for the correct traffic projections. He said that they need to build a metro line from Knowledge Park-II to Jewar airport site by the year 2023 when the airport is likely to become operational. He further informed that the authority is not very concerned about the economic feasibility because they need to a build metro line to provide connectivity to more than 21,000 residential plot allottees, who are expected to shift to sector 18 and sector 20. According to officials, Yeida in collaboration with the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) will prepare a proposal on funding pattern of the two metro lines, following which the proposal would be sent to the UP state government for a final decision.
According to the report, on the 35.64 km normal metro stretch, 33.27 km will be elevated, while the remaining 3.37 km long stretch till the airport will run underground along Jewar-Sikandrabad road. The metro line will have 25 stations, excluding the airport station. The proposed stations on this line are Knowledge Park-II, Chi-I, Chi-II, Chi-III, Chi-IV, Murshadpur, Yamuna Authority’s Sector 26 A, Gautam Budh University, Night Safari, Noida International University, Sector 17 A, Sports City, sectors 22 A, 22 B, sector 18 A, sector 22 C, sectors 19, 18, 2, 20, 21, 28, 29, Galgotias University, Nagla Hukum Singh and Jewar airport, the report said. According to a PTI report, the project will be developed at a cost of Rs 7,000 crore and Yeida has allocated a sum of Rs 500 crore for it from its annual budget.