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.