Rapid Rail Station Work At Noida Airport Awaits Govt's Decision On Elevated or Underground Corridor

The Yamuna Authority has called upon the Uttar Pradesh government to decide whether the planned rapid rail station at the ground transportation center of the Noida International Airport should be constructed as an elevated or underground corridor.
Rapid rail station at Noida International Airport (Representational Image)

Rapid rail station at Noida International Airport (Representational Image)

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Noida: The Yamuna Authority has appealed to the Uttar Pradesh government to determine whether the proposed rapid rail station at the ground transportation centre of the Noida International Airport should be elevated or underground.
The proposed 72-km combined corridor for rapid rail and metro aims to connect Noida airport to the Delhi-Meerut Namo Bharat corridor and is slated to include 25 stations.
A detailed project report submitted by the NCR Transport Corporation (NCRTC) in April recommends an elevated RRTS (Rapid Rail Transit System) station in front of the Ground Transport Centre of Noida International Airport. However, the Yamuna International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (YIAPL), has proposed an underground track. It's estimated that an underground track would add Rs 600 crore to the total project cost of Rs 20,000 crore, as per a Times of India report.
During discussions with YIAPL, a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Zurich Airport International AG, it was proposed that approximately 1km of the alignment, including the proposed RRTS station near the airport’s terminal 1, should be underground. Additionally, YIAPL suggested realigning the RRTS corridor along the land reserve and incorporating a metro station to cover NIA Aerocity. The concessionaire also requested a change in the location of a crossover proposed by RRTS in the airport area.
YIAPL argued that the proposed underground alignment and station would align with the airport development plan and open up the possibility of extending the RRTS corridor to connect other airport nodes in the future.
NCRTC has accepted the realignment of the RRTS corridor proposed by YIAPL, even though it has resulted in increased viaduct levels due to a proposed flyover and raised the capital cost. However, NCRTC estimates that an RRTS underground station would increase the total project cost by Rs 600 crore. In its project report, NCRTC proposed an elevated corridor while incorporating YIAPL’s proposal.
In a letter addressed to the civil aviation department, the YEIDA CEO suggested that, in view of a possible expansion of the RRTS corridor, it would be appropriate to provide an underground station at the airport’s GTC.
The detailed project report for the RRTS corridor has been divided into two sections – from Ghaziabad RRTS station to Ecotech VI near Kasna, and from Ecotech VI to Noida airport. The first section will span 39.39 km, with seven RRTS and 11 metro stations, and provisions for three future stations. The second section will cover 32.9 km, initially featuring four RRTS stations and provisions for 10 future stations (one RRTS and nine metro stations).
Officials have announced that both sections will be constructed simultaneously, with the commercial date of operation set for April 2030.
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