NOIDA: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will provide consultation to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) for the expansion of Noida-Greater Noida metro corridor, according to an agreement signed between the two agencies on Friday.

The NMRC already operates the Aqua Line over a 29.07-km distance between Noida and Greater Noida in Gautam Buddh Nagar in western Uttar Pradesh and is planning a new 9-km corridor between the twin cities, according to officials.

The NMRC and the DMRC today signed an agreement under which the NMRC will be engaging the DMRC for the services as General Consultants (GC)/Project Management Consultants (PMC) for its Phase-II project from Noida Sector-51 to Greater Noida Sector-2, the NMRC said in a statement.

The pact was signed by NMRC’s Executive Director Praveen Mishra and DMRC’s Director (Business Development) P K Garg. NMRC’s Managing Director Ritu Maheshwari and her DMRC counterpart Mangu Singh joined the occasion through video-conference along with other officers of the two metro organisations.

The Phase-II project of NMRC will be an extension of the Aqua Line from Sector-51 to Greater Noida Sector-2. This corridor is 9.605-km long consisting of five elevated stations namely — Noida Sector-122, Noida Sector-123, Greater Noida Sector-4, Ecotech-12 and Greater Noida Sector-2, it stated.

According to the statement, the agreement will be for a period of five years during which the DMRC will assist and guide the NMRC in preparation of complete bid documents for various system packages, contract award process, management of system contracts and proper integration of all new line systems with the existing Aqua Line Metro systems.

The DMRC will also give suggestions to the NMRC in “value engineering and cost optimisationâ€? for all work contracts along with “proof checking and approval of designs submitted by NMRC’s appointed DDC for Civil and E&M contracts worksâ€?.

As per the terms in the contract, the DMRC will also be responsible for construction supervision and Independent Quality and Safety Monitoring (IQSM) of all contract packages (Civil, E&M, and System Contracts), besides testing and commissioning of the entire systems works and equipment and guiding for regulatory clearances for systems contracts.

“The DMRC will help the NMRC in preparation of Construction, Operation and Maintenance Manuals for the proposed Phase-II corridor, it added.

The DMRC will also be responsible for planning and arranging training to the personnel of the NMRC in operation, maintenance and repair of various equipment and the system as whole, according to the statement.

“The role of the NMRC will be to provide all reasonable assistance to the DMRC to ensure effective discharge of its responsibilities under this agreement. The NMRC will be responsible for arranging funds for the project and payment to system contractors or consultants upon certification by GC,it stated.

“The NMRC will also provide a suitable office space in the Noida area for the GC team, it added.

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