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Painting the Pillars

In a recent development, The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has received the go-ahead from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for painting the pillars and viaduct of the 29-km Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor.

  • NMRC executive director Saumya Srivastava said the project, costing about Rs. 6 Crore, would drastically change the appearance of metro pillars, which are usually dull and grey.
  • “After discussions with DMRC, we have proposed that the pillars and viaduct be adorned with wall art or murals can be painted creatively on them, making them attractive,” said Srivastava.
  • Through these artworks, the aim is also to provoke conversation and thought besides establishing a connection with commuters.
  • The civil work on the track is about 40% complete.
  • Besides being the only metro line to be commissioned in a short span of two and a half years, the corridor is also putting in place the longest span of viaduct in a 24-hour span.
  • Normally DMRC has been setting up eight U-girders in a 24-hour cycle. However, for this track, DMRC is fixing 12 U-girders, which means 152 metres of viaduct will be in place in 24 hours.
  • The corridor is likely to roll by the end of 2017.
  • It would not only provide a fast link between the two townships but also bring these places closer to the national capital.

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