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MoU signed for maintenance and operation of Noida-Gr Noida Metro

MoU signed for maintenance and operation of Noida-Gr Noida Metro

Noida: Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for taking up the operations and maintenance (O&M) services and works for the 30 km-long Noida–Greater Noida Metro corridor.

DMRC will provide services and assistance, including training of newly-recruited staff, stations and revenue management, among others.

The MoU was signed at NMRC's corporate office at Ganga Complex in Noida. PD Upadhyay, executive director, NMRC, and Vikas Kumar, executive director (Operations), DMRC, signed the MoU in the presence of NMRC managing director Alok Tandon, DMRC director (Operations) AK Garg and other officials.

"The agreement for the assistance for O&M services would be applicable for one year and may be extended after successful completion by NMRC with mutual consent.Within this period, around 100 officers and supervisors of DMRC will provide hand holding support, including training of freshly recruited NMRC work force, for the much awaited Metro corridor," said Upadhyay.

He added that during this period, permanent or contractual manpower requirements shall be advised and recruited by DMRC, in consultation with NMRC.

Aspects of recruitment, training, day-to-day maintenance, revenue generation, property development, etc will be addressed under the system.

Elaborating on the progress of work at the Noida–Greater Noida Metro corridor, Alok Tandon said that extensive trials are ongoing between Depot station and Sector-81 station, which are 23 km apart, and are likely to be extended over the entire 30 km-long corridor by next week, marking a significant milestone in the completion of Metro works.

Further, NMRC officials stated that signalling trials are likely to be completed by September, after which the section will be offered to the Commission of Metro Rail Safety for inspection. Upon successful inspection, the track is expected to be thrown open to the commuters by November.

"A total of 11 trains are required to start commercial operations on the track. As of now, the board has five trains that are undergoing extensive testing, while the next six trains are expected to be delivered to the depot in September," said a senior NMRC official.

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