Noida Metro to be ready for trials by July ’17: DMRC chief

Chinese team seeks land in Greater Noida

GREATER NOIDA: A Chinese delegation – the second this month – met Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) CEO Deepak Aggarwal on Thursday to explore investment possibilities in the area.

The 23-member delegation included officials from leading Chinese corporate groups, which manufactured heavy machinery equipment and companies generating new energy solutions.

According to GNIDA officials, the delegation consisted of officials from the Chinese embassy in Delhi including third Secretary Xue Jian, who is the economic and commercial counsellor. The group was led by Li Jingling, vice-president of SANY Heavy Industry Co Ltd, a global company in the construction machinery industry with a vast product range of construction machinery, road machinery, excavating machinery, pile driving machinery, hoisting machinery, port machinery, and wind turbines.

Other members in the delegation were entrepreneurs and industrialists from India and China, officials said.

“The group made a presentation expressing its interest in procuring about 200 acres of contiguous land in Greater Noida for setting up manufacturing units including industry for heavy construction equipment, security equipment and solar power,” Aggarwal told TOI.

“This was a preliminary exploratory trip made by the Chinese delegation,” the CEO said. “The group’s representatives were on their first visit to Greater Noida and were on a fact-finding mission to explore investment opportunities in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

Another Chinese delegation had visited Greater Noida on October 1. That group had expressed its interest in procuring about 100 acres of contiguous land in Greater Noida for setting up an electronic manufacturing cluster.

“We have informed the delegation about various infrastructure development projects coming up in the area and also about those that are open for bidding at present. Informtion on availability of land has been shared with them. Details of the UP electronic manufacturing policy-2014 were also conveyed to the delegation,” Agarwal said.

“The visiting delegation has promised to return with specific investment proposal and a consolidated project proposal, soon,” he said.

Under the guidance of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, state officials are leaving no stone unturned in pushing it for foreign investments.

“With a friendly UP electronic manufacturing policy-2014 we hope to transform UP and the three areas of Noida, Greater Noida and YEIDA into globally competitive and industry-friendly destinations,” said Rama Raman, chairperson of the three authorities. “We not only aspire to bring in huge investments but also generate employment for thousands,” he said

Work begins on Metro depot in Greater Noida

NOIDA: In a step taking the sanctioned 28km Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor forward, work to set up a maintenance depot at Jaitpur in Greater Noida has commenced. Tenders for the project were initiated in March. To come at a cost of Rs 80 crore, the facility, which will cater to the requirements of this corridor, will come up on 50 acres of land near Knowledge Park IV in Greater Noida.

According to officials, the depot will be used for maintenance and servicing of the Metro coaches that will be run on the route.

“The depot will house maintenance sheds, office and staff space and storage facilities,” said a Greater Noida Authority official.

“A service centre for the 78 coaches that will run along the corridor will also be part of the depot. A stabling yard for parking the Metro trains will also be constructed at the depot,” he said.

DMRC to be Noida’s tram project consultant

NOIDA: Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Alok Ranjan granted in-principle approval to the Noida tram services project, which is expected provide last-mile connectivity across the city. Noida Metro Rail Company has decided to hand over consultancy of the project to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

According to NMRC officials, a formal letter of appointment for the consultant will be issued within a week. “DMRC will work on the feasibility of the project and submit a report within two-three months,” an official said. “The feasibility will be worked out on several routes across Noida. Routes will be selected in order of priority and percentage of ridership. The routes will complement the existing Metro routes,” he said.

Once the feasibility report is in place, DMRC will be asked to design a detailed project report of the selected routes. Costs and funding details will be finalized once the DPR is in place.

In July, Rama Raman, chairperson and CEO of Noida Authority, had shortlisted one tram route and asked for a feasibility plan and a DPR. This route was proposed from Mahamaya flyover to Sector 132, parallel to the Noida-Greater Noida expressway, and was to be connected with Metro stations in the area. The tram route was proposed to traverse sectors 94, 124, 125, 126, 128, 131 and 132. The tram route is to cover 10.5km and connect industrial and residential sectors.

The other routes proposed during the presentation included a 7-km stretch along Master Plan-I Road starting from the intersection of sectors 12/22 to 62 near the NIB crossing and touching NH-24. This route was to go through Khoda Colony.

KPMG report on Yamuna Expressway

Delhi Metro, Yamuna-expressway among 6 infrastructure projects in KPMG world markets report
PTI Nov 13, 2014, 01.07PM IST
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NEW DELHI: Delhi Metro, Yamuna-expressway and Tata Power’s Mundra ultra mega power project in Gujarat are among the six ventures that have figured in the list of world’s most innovative, impactful infrastructure projects prepared by international accounting firm KPMG.

The other three projects in the KPMG’s Infrastructure 100: World Markets report are Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), Interceptor Sewage System and Narmada Canal Solar project.

These projects were evaluated on the basis of their scale, feasibility, complexity, innovation and impact on society, KPMG said.

“Each country has its own approach to developing and funding infrastructure, yet all share the universal challenge of creating the right conditions to attract investment so desperately needed,” James Stewart, KPMG’s Chairman of Global Infrastructure said.

Opened in 2012, the 165-kilometer, six-lane Yamuna Expressway is India’s longest motorway, connecting the capital New Delhi with Agra and creating a corridor for economic growth, the report said.

By dramatically reducing the travel time between these two historic cities, the $1.9 billion project will have a lasting impact on villagers, tourists, traders and working professionals and should expand trade.

The expressway also has symbolic value by showcasing the country’s ability to develop world-class infrastructure.

Ten years after its first line opened, the $2.3 billion Delhi Metro continues to expand, setting a shining example of how to carry out an effective public works programme.

Taking heed of the problems experienced by the Kolkata Metro – which was badly delayed and 12 times over budget – the development team utilised innovative procurement and strong project and contract management techniques, it said.

The $4.4 billion Mundra Ultra Mega Power Project is a major, coal-fired thermal power plant serving the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab.

A 25-year concession has led what is a landmark PPP for the Indian energy sector, the report said.