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Noida line will add another 13.1 kmS to Line 3, extending it to 47.3 kmS; entire corridor will have 42 stations; Train frequency will be 12 mins at peak hours
Taking the big leap into the National Capital Region, Delhi Metro's first train to Noida was flagged off on Thursday from Akshardham Metro station. Another ceremonial flag off was done from Noida City Centre (Sector 32).
An extension of Line 3 — Dwarka Sector 9 to Yamuna Bank — the line chugs into Noida covering a distance of 13.1 km with stoppages at ten stations. It will be opened for the public from Friday.
Delayed by well over a month from its October deadline, the line came up after eleven piers detected with cracks were strengthened and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was convinced of the safety arrangements.
The line is expected to add a passenger load of 53,000 — a positive growth for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. But it is expected to add more pressure on Line 3, which is already overcrowded and is facing a severe shortage of trains.
"Initially, every third train from Dwarka will continue to Noida City Centre and two will terminate at Yamuna Bank. As more trains become available, every alternate train from Yamuna Bank will continue to Noida," said Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC.
The Noida line will add another 13.1 km to the existing stretch of Line 3, extending it to 47.3 kms.
The entire corridor will have 42 stations. All stations in the Delhi region will have parking facilities.
"The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation is planning to run feeder buses to most stations in Noida. The buses will run at a frequency of 15 to 20 minutes," said an official.
The Akshardham station — tallest of the Delhi Metro — stands at a height of 21 metres. It is being developed into a metro mall by Parsvnath Developers.