The Noida Metro Rail Corporation would be charged at Rs 3.25 per unit for the power, which, it claimed, is the ‘lowest tariff’ for any metro rail service using solar power.
Instead of conventional power supply, solar energy would add power to all stations of Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail corridor’s Aqua Line that would be operational soon, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said in a statement on November 12, as reported by PTI.
The NMRC entered into an agreement with a private firm on the day of this announcement, for the solar energy project of the Aqua Line which would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida, covering 29.7 km through 21 stations.
What all will be solar-powered under NMRC?
“Solar panels will be installed on the roofs of all the 21 stations of the Noida-Greater Noida Metro rail corridor. These panels will also be installed in the parking areas and boundary walls of the metro stations,” the NMRC said in a statement.
How much power will the solar panels generate?
A total 10 MW power would be generated by the solar panels which would be used at the Aqua Line metro stations, the depot and in the parking areas, said NMRC.
How much does the solar power cost?
The NMRC would be charged at Rs 3.25 per unit for the power, which, it claimed, is the ‘lowest tariff’ for any metro rail service using solar power.
Who all are involved in the partnership?
The private partner, Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited, was selected after a tender was floated for the purpose by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which is assisting the NMRC on the Aqua Line.
“A power purchase agreement was signed between the NMRC and Messrs Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited. Manoj Vajpayee, the general manager (technical), signed the agreement for NMRC while Sumit Sood signed the contract for the Delhi-based firm,” according to the statement.
- NMRC Executive Chairman PD Upadhyay said the agreement for Noida metro’s Aqua Line has been signed for 10 years
- During this period the company would install the infrastructure and provide power to all NMRC-operated metro stations, he added
“The work has started and is likely to get completed within the next six months,” Upadhyay said about the Aqua Line to PTI.
All about the Aqua Line of NMRC
The infrastructure work on the Aqua Line, whose construction started in May, 2015, has been completed and is currently under inspection by the commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).
Explaining the choice of calling the first line Aqua Line, NMRC managing director Santosh Yadav had said that “aqua signifies an eco-friendly colour, which is what we want to portray,” as per TOI.
Yadav had also said that “‘Ride with Pride’ and ‘Noida Metro, Apni Metro’ are the two tag lines that will be used by us.”
Apart from this, Yadav talked about calling the Aqua Line metro smart card ‘acome,’ which will enable a passenger that can not only be used for Noida metro rides but also for the city bus service that NMRC will offer, cinema, shopping at the metro stations and paying parking charges.
Further, the entire route of the Aqua Line will be on an elevated track, with all stations being equipped with platform screen doors.
Which areas will it cover?
The line will start from Noida sector 52 metro station and will run through sectors 50, 51 ,75 , 76, 78, 101, 81, 83, 85, 137, 142, 143, 144, 147, 149 and 153.
The Aqua Line will have an interchange station with the Delhi Metro at Noida Sector 52 metro station.
After this, it will enter Greater Noida and will go through Knowledge Park-II, Pari Chowk, Alpha-1 and Alpha-2, before terminating in Knowledge Park-IV.