The central govt now planning to reach inner urban areas by a new metrolite system.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has sought a response from Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) for establishing a cheaper transit rail system in Gautam Budh Nagar area.
According to NMRC officials, Metrolite will target remote areas in Noida. “We have been asked for feedback for setting up Metrolite in Gautam Budh Nagar. While there is nothing on paper yet, it will be an elaborate tram system which will navigate through the city. We will start estimating the cost of the project soon,” said an NMRC official.
As per ministry specifications, the Metrolite system will comprise three non-separable coaches and trains will run at a speed of 25-60 km/h.
“The specifications for the light rail transport were under discussion for two years… The planning lies with the state government,” said a ministry official.
The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has issued standard specifications of the ‘Metrolite’ system which will be developed on surface and elevated stretches.
According to the ministry, the ‘Metrolite’, which can be developed at a lower cost in comparison with existing metro system, will also act as feeder system to high capacity Metro.
The three-coach train will have capacity of carrying 300 passengers. Sources said the government would provide financial assistance to states to implement the light urban rail transit system.
The ‘Metrolite’ system will have a dedicated path separating the road traffic with it. For segregation with road traffic, fencing can be provided on either side of network.
The ‘Metrolite’ system will have shelter platforms.