The Longest Metro line in country, 29.7km, Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail also called the Aqua Line will finally see the light of the day with chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath’s scheduled inauguration on Friday.
There are a total of 21 stations on the corridor, 15 of them in Noida and 6 in Greater Noida.
The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) had earlier announced fares for the line, with the minimum being Rs 9 and the maximum of Rs 50.
Commuters could buy QR-coded paper tickets or use smart cards on the 29.7-km-long network, officials said. Smart card users will get a 10 per cent concession on fares.
“During the first year, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will operate and maintain the Aqua Line,” NMRC executive director PD Upadhyaya said.
“In line with this, three 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,” he added.
Constructed at the cost of Rs 5,503 crore, the 29.7-kilometre corridor with 21 stations will be the longest Metro line in the country to be inaugurated at one go. The Hyderabad Metro held the earlier record at 29km.
There will be 15 stations in Noida and six in Greater Noida. The Aqua Line will halt on the Sector 76, 101, 81, NSEZ, Noida Sector 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, and Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park II, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Delta 1, GNIDA Office and Depot Metro stations.
Commuters can buy QR-coded paper tickets or use smart cards. The initial payment for a new mobility card will be Rs 300, as against Rs 200 for Delhi Metro. The Delhi Metro tokens and smart cards will not be valid on this line.
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 km.
The traffic between Noida to South Delhi will speed up significantly; however, Delhi commuters and those coming from Faridabad will merge near the six lane bridge, causing congestion. Noida travelers will also have a free run as the MCD toll tax just before the Kalindi Kunj bridge signal will be relocated to the end of the new bridge.
According to an official statement, travelling just one metro station would cost Rs 10 on an QR-coded ticket and Rs 9 via smart card; 2 km 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.
“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 a smart card,” it said.
A detailed project report (DPR) for a 14.96-km-long metro rail corridor between Noida Sector 51 and Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park V was approved by the Greater Noida Authority in 2016 and sent to the state government.
On December 21, the NMRC had received a final and mandatory safety inspection approval to launch commercial operations of the Aqua Line.
Similar to the Delhi Metro, there would be different seats for ladies in the Noida Metro.
Seats reserved for women, senior citizens and differently abled persons would have different colors.
The Aqua Line, whose construction started in May 2015 and was completed in record time, was initially expected to be opened for public in November 2018, then December.
The line will generate solar energy, have women drivers, and free water and toilet facilities for commuters.
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