To enhance connectivity in the interior areas of Noida; the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) is planning to develop a new rail transit system based on the currently operating metro network. The authority has prepared a plan to roll out the ‘Metrolite’ rail transit system that means a light urban transit system with smaller coaches which is almost 50% cheaper in construction as compared to normal metro corridors.
According to NMRC officials, the Metrolite rail transit system will be beneficial in a way by increasing or reducing its frequency during peak and non-peak hours. Besides this, their tracks are also narrower than the standard one and they will have no overhead extension for wiring that makes it safer. It can either be built on the road surface or elevated tracks.
Giving more information on the above, PD Upadhyaya, executive director of NMRC said, “At present, the construction cost of a metro network falls around Rs 200 crore per km, on the other hand for a metrolite transit system, we have spent around Rs 60-100 crore depending on the infrastructure. Hence, a metrolite system is more economical and viable.”
He further informed that although the coaches of a metrolite transit system are less and small than the traditional metro train, but then we can accommodate more riders by increasing its frequency during peak hours.
“It would be better for us often we need to operate a metro even if it’s going empty. In such cases, the cost of operating a metrolite will be much less than operating a normal metro,” Upadhyaya added.
At the same time, the metro covers only the major outer areas of the Noida due to which some interior regions fall short of connectivity with the main network even if their infrastructure is good enough. These areas have wide roads and hence a metrolite transit system can prove its worth here as well as can provide relief to the daily commuters too.
“Noida has wide road space which we can use for the metrolite track. We just need to create a crossing like a small bridge or an underpass near intersections to avoid mixing with usual traffic. The surface system will be very convenient for people as it will be easily accessible. There will be no need for an extensive platform and security checks,” the NMRC executive director informed on the same.
The light rail transit system will have a completely separate infrastructure, including a separate track network, rolling stock (coaches), electrical and civil work, and separate platforms.