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Project promoter Delhi Metro Rail Corp and CRRC Nanjing signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of 19 four-car trainsets for the Noida metro on March 17.
The trainsets would be delivered by May 2017 at a cost of Rs8bn. They are intended to meet the metro’s rolling stock requirements until 2021, and following a revision of ridership forecasts have been ordered as four-car trainsets with a capacity of 1 034 passengers, rather than the three-car sets which had initially been planned. There is an option to lengthen the trains to six cars in the future.
The 29 km elevated line with 21 stations is under construction for opening in December 2017. It will link Sector 71 in Noida with Bodaki in the neighbouring city of Greater Noida. Services are expected to run every 10 min initially, increasing at a later stage to every 5 min during the peaks.
The Rs55·33bn cost of the metro project is being funded mostly by the Noida Authority, with contributions from the Greater Noida Authority, central government and Uttar Pradesh. The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority approved Rs500m towards the project on March 14.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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