Finally, the waiting period is over for those who were waiting eagerly for the Greater Noida Metro or Aqua Line Metro to begin its operation. Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri along with Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will flag off Greater Noida Metro on 25th January 2019.
Aqua Line Metro was initially slated to begin from 25th December 2018 and hence it is exactly late by a month. The commencement of Aqua Line Metro will provide great relief to the commuters going to and from Noida and Greater Noida.
The much-anticipated project received the green signal after its inspection was done on 21st December last year. Earlier, Greater Noida Metro was expected to be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi in presence of CM Yogi Adityanath on the auspicious day of Christmas. However, the things didn’t work out as they were to, so it will begin full-fledgedly on 25th January 2019.
Commuters who have to come to and from Noida and Greater Noida either by taking private cabs and UPSRTC bus can now take a sigh of relief. However, travellers have to change their metro to reach Blue Line Metro from Aqua Line or Greater Noida Metro as there is no direct interchanging facility is available as of now. In addition to this, commuter will have to purchase different tokens or metro cards if they are coming from or going to Delhi on Blue Line Metro.
About Greater Noida Metro
Greater Noida Metro is a 29.7-km metro project that features 21 metro stations on its entire stretch. It will commence from Noida Sector 71 Station and will terminate its working at Greater Noida Sector Delta I via Sectors 137, 142, 143, 144, etc. Aqua Line Metro is dispatched by CRRC Nanjing Corporation Limited, a Chinese-origin company. Each coach of Aqua Line Metro comes at a hefty cost of around ₹4 crores. This metro has a seating and standing capacity of 186 and 848 passengers, respectively, which means that it can accommodate 1034 passengers in it in a single go.
Fares on Greater Noida Metro
Though DMRC will be responsible to maintain and operate Aqua Line Metro for the first year yet its ticket fares are kept lower than its counterpart. The minimum fare on Aqua Line Metro is capped at ₹9 and the maximum goes up to ₹50. However, the Delhi Metro card will not work in Greater Noida Metro hence, travellers will either have to purchase separate token or a smart card for travelling in Aqua Line Metro.