Date of Post: 29 Dec, 2018
The NMRC (Noida Metro Rail Corporation) on Friday announced fares for its soon to be opened Aqua Line connecting Noida and Greater Noida, with minimum being Rs 9 and the maximum Rs 50. Commuters use smart cards or could buy QR-coded paper tickets on the 29.7 kilometer long network, officials said. There are a total of 21 stations on the corridor, 15 of them in Noida and 6 in Greater Noida.
- The Aqua Line would run between the Sector-71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida.
- Smart card users will get a 10% concession on fares.
- The NMRC has already written to the Uttar Pradesh government, seeking a date for inauguration of the metro corridor, a senior official said.
- The announcement was made after the 18th board meeting of the NMRC under the chairmanship of Sanjay K Murthy, also additional secretary to the MOHUA (Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs), and in presence of Alok Tandon Managing Director of NMRC.
- NMRC executive director PD Upadhyaya said,”All stations are ready for commercial operations during the first year, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will operate and maintain the Aqua Line.”
- Work has begun on modifying the routes of the NMRC-operated buses in the city to ply them as metro feeder buses, the board was also informed.
- Upadhyaya said,”In line with this, 3 new routes have also been added between Greater Noida West to the Sector 51 metro station and the City Centre metro station. Similarly, feeder buses have been started from metro stations to the residential societies in Sector 50, 51 and 76 and nearby areas.”
- Also, tenders have been floated to begin e-rickshaw services to provide last-mile connectivity to passengers from metro stations to a distance up to 4 kilometers.
- Travelling one station would cost Rs 10 on an QR-coded ticket and Rs 9 via smart card; 2km would cost Rs 15 on ticket and Rs 13.50 on smart card; 3 to 6 km would cost Rs 20 via ticket and Rs 18 on smart card; 7 to 9 km would cost Rs 30 on ticket and Rs 27 on smart card, according to an official statement.
- It said, “Travelling more than 10 stations but less than or 16 stations would cost Rs 40 via ticket but Rs 36 via smart card; going beyond 16 stations would cost Rs 50 via ticket but Rs 45 via smart card.”
- The 49th battalion of the UP PAC has been entrusted with the responsibility of security on the Aqua Line, while some private security personnel will also be deployed, the board was also informed.
- Upadhyaya said,”The personnel security are being trained by the CISF , which guards the Delhi Metro.”
- Approval for commercial operations
- The NMRC had received a final and mandatory safety inspection approval on December 21 to launch commercial operations of the Aqua Line.
- The NMRC has now written to the Uttar Pradesh government to finalise the date of inauguration of the much-awaited Aqua Line.
- Upadhyay had said,”The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) report has been received and it has its sanction for the commercial operations of the metro service.”
- The report also praised the civil and track work of the metro system, Upadhyay had said.
- NMRC’s managing director has written to the state government for finalizing the date of inauguration, said Upadhyay, who was in Lucknow on December 21, handed over a letter to Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey.
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