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.