One Metro line is not enough, say residents
The opening of the Delhi Metro’s Noida leg has provided its residents greater connectivity to the National Capital. But it has not completely solved their travel-related miseries, reports Atul Mathur and Kapil Datta.delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2009 23:58 IST
The opening of the Delhi Metro’s Noida leg has provided its residents greater connectivity to the National Capital. But it has not completely solved their travel-related miseries.
The six-kilometre stretch from Noida Sector 15 to Noida Sector 32 — with six stations — is expected to add just 53,000 people to the metro’s ridership.
Residents said for a town of over seven lakh people, the Metro line is not enough.
“It connects a few residential sectors and a couple of markets. For a city spread over 168 sectors, has several industries and is a major IT hub, this network is too small,” said Dileep Singh, a resident of Noida sector 12.
Residents said most commuters would still have to depend on the “unreliable bus service” to reach Delhi.
Unlike Gurgaon, where the Haryana Urban Development Authority, in partnership with real estate developer DLF, is coming up with an extensive network of light rail transit system to connect most sectors, the Noida Authority has done little to connect the Metro line with an internal transport system.
Worse, Delhi Metro’s Phase III plan does not have any proposal to expand its network in Noida.
Though Noida Authority officials claimed they were working on a light rail project and planned to integrate it with the Metro line, the proposal is at a very nascent stage.
Officials confirmed that even the detailed project report, which the DMRC has prepared for the Noida Authority, has not been studied.
Bus timings extended
Noida officials, however, claimed they had planned feeder bus services to the Metro stations from various sectors.
There is, however, a stay on the operation of mini-buses in Uttar Pradesh and unless the court vacates it, feeder buses cannot run in Noida.
“Till that time, we have extended the timings of city service routes, which will act as Metro feeder services,” Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) regional manager P.R. Belwariar said.
Belwariar said 10 local city bus service routes connect various Metro stations.
In view of the Metro service, the timings of the city bus service have also been rescheduled, he said.