Tender documents will be issued on April 10 and a pre-bid briefing will be held for prospective suppliers on May 26. DMRC expects to award the contract, which has an estimated value of around Rs 7bn ($US 113m) by June 23.

The 22-station line will link Noida City Centre Sector 32 with Greater Noida via Knowledge Park 2 and and Pari Chowk.

The Rs 50.6bn project is being implemented by Noida Metro Rail Corporation, a Special Purpose Vehicle chaired by the chief secretary of the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state and the Indian government will each provide 20% of the budget, with external agencies providing the remaining 60%.

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