The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) added 12 buses to its existing fleet of 38 buses to complete the first phase of its city bus service. The city bus service was set up to boost last-mile connectivity options in the city.
The bus service was started on December 14, 2016, with a fleet of 18 buses. On Tuesday, NMRC buses were deployed on new routes, to cater to residents of clusters and corners of the city. Officials estimate the move to benefit at least 50, 000 people, as there is a lack of reliable public transport options in the areas selected.
Most of the new buses start from the metro stations. A service between Sector 62 and Aichar village, passing through Sector 71, Gaur Chowk, Surajpur, Surajpur collectorate, was among the routes initiated on Tuesday. The bus service will operate at 7am and 9pm from both sides. The service brought in a revenue of ₹1,000 during a trial run on Monday.
NMRC officials said that many residents are not aware of the bus service yet and the ridership will increase soon.
Another route that has been initiated is from Noida City Centre to Cape Town society in Sector 74. The service covers sectors 71, 78, 74 and 75. Officials said that the buses will be frequent on this route as it caters to a cluster of areas.
The third route to be started is city specific — buses will run from the Sector 15 Metro station and move on important city roads, towards Sector 62.
An officer on special duty (OSD), NMRC, Sandeep Raizada, said, “We have completed the first phase of the city bus service and buses have been deployed on new routes as well. Cluster areas have been given a priority.”
Raizada said that the existing routes are being reviewed to provide conveyance to the maximum possible commuters, which will also ensure that the bus service is financially viable. “We believe that tweaks in routes will increase ridership,” said Raizada.
The average daily ridership of the bus service in January, with a fleet of 38 buses, was recorded around 6,000.
Residents of cluster areas also expressed their satisfaction over the introduction of new routes.
“We don’t have any transportation facility in the area; people are mostly dependent on their own vehicles. The new route will benefit us. NMRC must give due publicity to the service as many people are not aware of it,” Ajit Singh Verma, president of Sector 72 RWA, said.