The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) has written to the UP government to allow Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to conduct a fresh feasibility test and prepare another detailed project report to connect Greater Noida with the Noida International Airport in Jewar.
The fresh study was necessitated after the state government observed that the travel time between Pari Chowk and Jewar was too long according to the earlier report. It was in February 2019 that YEIDA had asked DMRC to prepare a techno-economic feasibility report (TEFR) for the connectivity option. Delhi Metro had then proposed that the 35.4km stretch would have 25 stations in total, beginning with Knowledge Park 2 near Pari Chowk.
These would include one underground and 24 overhead stations. The report was approved by the YEIDA board and submitted to the state government for approval. However, there were observations regarding the speed of the metro and the time taken to cover the two points. The state government asked the authorities to reduce the number of stations to save travel time. Officials said the new DPR was expected to be ready in two months. “Yes, there was an earlier DPR to connect Greater Noida with the proposed airport.
However, it was not feasible as the travel time was high. We have now asked DMRC to prepare another DPR. They are the pioneers and we hope we will soon have a better plan in place,” said Arun Vir Singh, the chief executive officer of YEIDA. Apart from reducing the number of stations, the state government had also suggested the use of neo or lite metro.
Another option, the government said, was to have an airport express metro on the lines of Delhi. While normal metro trains run at a speed of 35kmph, the airport metro hurtles down the tracks at 120kmph. DMRC will now examine the options and prepare a feasibility report. Not just the metro, YEIDA is preparing a multimodal connectivity option between Delhi and the Noida airport. Three different connectivity options have been suggested by RITES. These include connectivity by road, metro and the rapid rail or RRTS. However, changes have been suggested for all these options. YEIDA officials said they were working on the changes suggested.