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Work on second substation for Noida Metro begins

With the DMRC gearing up to start metro services between Noida and Greater Noida by Dec 2017, the corporation has started to set up two substations to supply power for the stations and trains along its route.

With the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) gearing up to start services on the elevated line between Noida and Greater Noida by December 2017, the corporation has started to set up two substations to supply power for the stations and trains along its route. DMRC laid the foundation for the second of the two Receiving Sub-stations (RSS) along the corridor.

These substations will be 100% gas-insulated and maintenance-free. The construction of the first one was launched in January this year. These receiving substations will cater to the energy needs of the Metro corridor. Coming at a cost of Rs 100 crore, the stations — located in sectors 148 and 83 in Noida — will be completed by December 2016.

Reliable electric power is a critical requirement for operating a Metro network. The receiving substations convert electric power to an appropriate voltage and frequency for the metro to operate. The two RSS will be constructed by DMRC and the work contract has been awarded to Siemens (India).

Anoop Kumar Gupta, director electrical, DMRC, said, “At both RSS, incoming power supply at 132kV voltage level will be taken from the grid substation of the state electricity board, namely, Uttar Pradesh Transmission Corporation, and will be stepped down to 25kV for traction (train operation) purpose and 33kV for power to feed station loads, like lighting, air conditioning, lifts, escalators, etc.

Officials said these RSS would be provided with gas-insulated systems (GIS) and would be fully automated. They will have a series of eco-friendly features such as solar power panels, LED bulbs, carbon dioxide sensors and a rainwater harvesting system, officials said. There is also a proposal for the substations to generate their own power for their lighting and air conditioning needs.

The power from this substation is planned to be made available by August 2017. Work on the substation in Sector 148 is already under progress and is about 25% complete.

Once the metro corridor between Noida and Greater Noida becomes operational, it will provide easy commute to the residents. The new infrastructure development in the locality is likely to push the real estate market. Experts say that, this would be the milestone achievement in the history of Noida which will inject new life into realty market and property prices will increase significantly.