First Tram Route Along Gr Noida E-Way
NOIDA: Taking another step towards putting tram services in place and towards ensuring ‘last mile connectivity’, Rama Raman, the chairperson and CEO of Noida Authority, perused a presentation for the project on Monday.
Consultants for the project proposed three routes in the city. Shortlisting one route, Raman has asked for a feasibility plan and a detailed project report (DPR) to be prepared within the next 10 days.Raman also viewed the presentation of a draft Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida.
According to officials, the city’s first tram route is likely to be built from Mahamaya flyover to Sector 132, parallel to the Noida-Greater Noida expressway, and connecting these two places with Noida Metro stations in the area. The tram route will traverse sectors 94, 124, 125, 126, 128, 131 and 132.
The pilot line, which is proposed in the Noida to Greater Noida direction, will cover 10.5km and feed institutional and residential sectors in the area. Though the consultants presenting the proposal, estimated the cost of building a tram network to nearly Rs 20 crore per km, the actual cost will only be finalized after the DPR is finalized, officials said.
Having studied the effectiveness of tramways in European countries, officials said a light rail transport system to provide last mile connectivity is the need of the hour. Once feasibility and scope of the tram service are worked out, the DPR will be designed.
The other routes proposed during the presentation included a 7km stretch along Master Plan-I Road starting from the crossing of sectors 12/22 to Sector 62 near the NIB crossing and touching NH-24. This route will traverse via Khoda Colony. A third tram route from Botanic Garden Metro station via Golf Course to City Centre Metro station was also discussed during the meeting.
Meanwhile, a CMP for the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida is also likely to be finalized this month.
According to officials, work on the CMP started about a year ago, after the Urban Mass Transit Company was appointed as a consultant to prepare a blueprint of the plan. On Monday, Raman made some observations related to Greater Noida in the presented draft CMP. Once these are incorporated in the plan, the CMP is likely to be finalized soon. The final draft CMP will be approved by the Noida traffic cell before being submitted to the ministry of urban development, officials said.