The Delhi Metro finally chugged into Noida on Thursday, making it the first NCR town to get the Capital’s most coveted transport system.
Union Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy formally flagged off the inaugural train to Noida at Akshardham station in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation DMRC Managing Director E Sreedharan.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati flagged off the train from Noida’s City Centre station at Sector 32 to Delhi.
The public will, however, get to use the Metro from Friday.
The Noida section is an extension of the Dwarka–Yamuna Bank line — the longest metro corridor of 45 kilometres with 43 stations.
It will take one hour and thirty minutes to reach Noida Sector 32 from Dwarka Sector 9 metro station. And it will be a direct journey.
Describing the occasion as “legendary”, Reddy said he was happy to be flagging off the Metro when it was making its first foray across the Delhi border.
Dikshit called it as “a very exciting day for all” and a “historic occasion”. Referring to the Metro network, she said: “For people like us, who have lived for years in Delhi, we would not be able to recognise the new shape of the city.”
A formal flag-off and a joy ride later, Mayawati said at the Noida City Centre Sector 32 Station: “The Noida-Delhi Noida line will help daily commuters to the National Capital.”
Urging the Centre to clear the Jhewar airport project, around 60 kms from Noida, she said: “We plan to expand the Metro network in Noida, Greater Noida and also in Jhewar.”
Just after Mayawati left the Noida City Centre Sector 32 station, hundreds of people standing outside entered the venue and went to the platforms.
“These people climbed up to the platforms out of curiosity. There was no loss of property. Security personnel sent them away,” said Noida Deputy Superintendent of Police R N Mishra.