Technical Bids initiated for Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail link

Noida: Taking forward the 28.8-km Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday initiated technical bids for the testing as well as commissioning of train control, signalling and telecommunication systems for the sanctioned route.

The selected agency will be responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, installation, operations, maintenance and training for the system to come at a cost of Rs 500 crore. Officials said that the financial bids for the sanctioned corridor are also likely to be finalized on Wednesday, May 20.

According to the tender, the appointed agency will be finalized by June 29. The open, two-bid e-tenders have been invited from international agencies on a competitive bidding basis for the design, manufacture, supply, testing, commissioning and training of the system. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for June 04.

According to sources, the train control system, which is to be put in place within 24 months, will be based on Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC). The state-of-the-art system will have degraded modes of operation to take care of failure scenarios. The signalling and train control system will provide for train detection, following train protection, interlocking logic, and on-board safety functions such as detection of door-opening, speeding enforcement etc.

While the signalling and train control systems will include works in the operations control centre, stations, depot, on-board equipment for automatic train protection, automatic train operation and automatic train supervision, the telecommunication sub-systems shall cover all the telecom sub-systems required by a modern Metro rail network such as train radio communication, CCTV surveillance system, public announcement, passenger information display systems at stations, etc.

According to Noida Metro Rail Company’s (NMRC) officials, safety and economic viability for the Metro are a priority. Safety worthiness of the signalling and train control system will be evaluated by the commissioner of Metro Railway Safety under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, officials said.

DMRC has also floated tenders for modification and shifting of 132kV and 220kV EHT transmission lines of UPPTCL infringing Noida-Greater Noida Corridor at various locations falling in the path of the Noida-Greater Noida Metro route alignment.

Meanwhile, with Metro connectivity to the satellite cities of the NCR being accorded the highest priority, the financial bids for the proposed Metro route link are likely to be finalized this week.

The technical bids for the track were finalized in March this year. Thirty companies have put in their bids for the project. The construction of the route has been divided into three parts and 10 bids each have been received for the three parts.

Work will begin once the financial bids are finalized. Work on the link, which is estimated to cost Rs 5,526 crore, is expected to be completed by June 2017. Akhilesh Yadav is expected to lay the foundation stone for the project.