Noida Metro is a mass rapid transportation system being developed by Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) to link Noida and Greater Noida cities in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Located 20km away from Delhi, Noida is served by Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and highways connecting Delhi and its surrounding towns. The industrial city is home to a population of more than one million. Increasing dependence on public and private transportation has led to the proposal to develop a mass rapid transport system.

The Government of Uttar Pradesh approved the construction of Noida Metro and selected Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as the turnkey consultant for the project in October 2014.

Construction on the metro rail project began in mid-2015 and was completed by the end of 2017, while trial runs commenced in July 2018.

The 29.7km-long Noida-Greater Noida metro corridor, also known as Aqua Line, is scheduled to be opened for commercial services by the end of December 2018.

Noida Metro route and stations

The Aqua Line corridor will originate at Noida Sector 71 in Noida and terminate at Delta Depot station in Greater Noida.

It is an elevated alignment with 21 stations, including elevated and at-grade stations, of which 15 stations are located in Noida and the remaining six in Greater Noida. The Aqua Line is connected to the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro by a skywalk.

Knowledge Park-1 station and Delta-1 station in Greater Noida have provisions for future expansion. Platforms at all the stations will feature screen doors, which will open in synchronisation with the train doors.

Each station is connected to residential areas, industrial locations and other locations by pathways, pedestal ways, and bridges. Parking facilities are available at each station.

More than 100 lifts and 81 escalators have been installed at stations across the network for quick access and easy mobilisation of the passengers.

Infrastructure

An eco-friendly, zero-discharge depot constructed on 25ha of land features roof-top solar panels and water recycling facilities. It offers facilities for the accommodation and maintenance of the train sets.

“The second phase of the Aqua Line will see the extension of the Noida Metro from Sector 71 to Knowledge Park 5 in Greater Noida.”

Two receiving substations were commissioned to support the power requirements of the rolling stock and stations. Additionally, 21 auxiliary substations were commissioned in all the 21 stations along the metro line. The trains will be powered by 25kV AC overhead catenary system.

Noida Metro is equipped with communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system supplied by Hitachi.

Rolling stock of Noida Metro

Noida Metro will run a fleet of 19 lightweight trains provided by CRRC Nanjing Puzhen. Each train consists of two motor train units and two trailers units and can accommodate 1,034 passengers.

The stainless steel train sets are approximately 23m-long and 2.9m-wide. Each cab of the train features double doors and has an axle load capacity of 16t. The trains are designed to run at a scheduled speed of 35km/h and maximum speed of 95km/h.

Financing

The Noida metro project is estimated to cost Rs55.03bn ($765m). It is financed by the Government of India and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh. Both the governments contribute 20% each, while the remaining 60% is sourced through external loans.

Future expansions of Noida Metro

The second phase of the Aqua Line will see the extension of the Noida Metro from Sector 71 to Knowledge Park 5 in Greater Noida.

The 15km-long extension will include nine additional stations and the first section of the line, from Sector 71 to Sector 2, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020. The final section of the second phase is expected to be opened in March 2021.