Urban Railways

Noida Metro to Re-Invite Bids for Aqua Line Corridor Extension

Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) will be re-inviting bids for the extension corridor of its Aqua line from Noida’s Sector 51 metro station to Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park 5, as one of the three previous bidders has been disqualified due to lack of expertise, officials said.

According to officials, the contractors who responded to the tender in June for the first phase of the 15 km corridor were Sam India Builtwell Ltd, NCC Ltd and Shrisay Infotech. Shrisay not being a construction company was ruled out, leaving the two others in the fray.

“We will float the tender again as only two respondents surfaced,” NMRC’s managing director Ritu Maheshwari said. The proposed 15km metro link that will branch out from the existing 29 km Aqua Line’s Sector 51 metro station and end at Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park 5 would eventually benefit lakhs of commuters travelling to and from Noida, Greater Noida and Delhi.

The aqua line extension project is to be constructed in two phases. The first one will be 9.6 km from Sector 51 metro station to Greater Noida Sector 2, while the second one will be a 5.3 km-long corridor that will terminate at Knowledge Park 5.

The tender was for the construction of an elevated viaduct and five elevated stations at Sector 122, 123, Greater Noida Sector 2, 4 and Ecotech 12 in the first phase, at an estimated cost of Rs 430 crore.

The first phase of the corridor will have five stations and is likely to be completed by 2022. This will be followed by the second phase with four metro stations — Greater Noida sectors 3, 10 and 12, and Knowledge Park 5.