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Major relief for people living in Noida and Greater Noida as the twin cities got a big boost to public transport with the Aqua line Metro.
The much-awaited Noida-Greater Noida Aqua Line Metro rail is starting its operations today. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the line on Friday.
The metro will connect Sector 51 in Noida to the Depot Station in Greater Noida. There are a total of 21 stations on the route -- 15 in Noida and six in Greater Noida -- covering a distance of over 29.7-km.
Noida: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurates Aqua Line Metro linking Noida and Greater Noida pic.twitter.com/g8zhbMFEBy— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 25, 2019
The NMRC boasts of the modern signalling system. It has also installed platform screen doors for the safety of passengers.
Every station has free basic amenities like toilets and drinking water. It will also be producing 10 MW solar energy using the installed solar panels. To make the stations more attractive, the NMRC has collaborated with Kiran Nadar Museum of Art to place a series of public art installations across 10 of these stations.
NMRC Executive Director PD Upadhyay said in an interview "the inaugural event would be held at Greater Noida's Depot Station from where the chief minister would take a ride on the new metro till Sector 142 station."
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which operates the Delhi Metro, will assist the NMRC over the next year in operating the Aqua Line.
As operations begin today, the Noida-Greater Noida metro line will have 19 trains with four coaches each. These would be converted to six-coach trains over time, once the number of daily commuters rises.
Noida Metro's Aqua Line will have an interchange station at Noida Sector 51-52, from where commuters can change over to the Delhi Metro's Blue line, which connects Noida to Dwarka with important interchange stations at Yamuna Bank for Ghaziabad-Anand Vihar and Vaishali, Connaught Place (Rajiv Chowk) for Gurgaon, New Delhi Railway Station and Delhi University North Campus, Mandi House for Faridabad.
Mayur Vihar to connect with ring road and AIIMS, and Botanical Garden to connect with outer ring road, south Delhi and the Delhi Airport.
Commuters, however, will face some difficulty initially as the Delhi Metro currently operates only till Noida City Centre in sector 32.
The extension of the Delhi Metro's Blue line to sector 52 (interchange) and on towards Ghaziabad-Indirapuram is still under construction.
Till then, commuters using the Noida-Greater Noida metro line will have to travel approximately two kilometres between Noida Sector 51 station and Noida City Centre station.
The Noida-Greater Noida Metro line will have stations at Noida Sector 51-52, Sector 50, 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.
Once the interchange station is ready at Sector 52, commuters changing from the Blue Line to the Auqa Line and vice versa will have to walk approximately 200 metres from one line to another.
The NMRC has said that a skywalk or foot over bridge will directly link the two stations (lines).
NMRC had in December 2018 announced fares for the Aqua Line, with a minimum being Rs. 9 and the maximum Rs. 50. Commuters can buy QR-coded paper tickets or use smart cards, the officials had said.
The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph, clocking an average speed of 37.5 kmph. according to officials.