Marketing executive from sector 26, Noida
Noida: Vineet Mehta says the Metro is just about useless for him right now. A general manager of marketing at an Okhla-based company, he says, "The Metro will become useful only when the Botanical Garden-Kalindi Kunj line becomes operational."
A resident of Noida's sector 26, he says he has to experience traffic snarls almost on a daily basis and says he would like to see coaches like those in the Airport express in Metro service.
"I have been living in Noida since two decades and I have seen Metro change the public transport system of the city. Earlier boarding buses used to be very troublesome as they used to be overcrowded. Now their passenger load has decreased and the frequency has improved," Mehta says.
He also points out that the problem of public transport is much worse in Ghaziabad. He had shifted to the city's Indirapuram area a few years ago. "But I came back to Noida as the commuting woes there were much worse," he says.
Feeder service a problem
A model from Sector 56, Gurgaon
Gurgaon: She has to travel to Delhi nearly every day. So when the Metro arrived in Gurgaon in 2010, Monica Joon, a model, thought here was finally a mode of travel that would be safe and comfortable.
More than one-and-half years later, though she admits that commuting has become easier, she says there have been instances that posed a threat to security of women. “But reserving the first coach of a train is a good idea,” Joon said.
She also laments the lack of a feeder service. “Driving amid heavy traffic and then finding a parking space for my car every day drives me crazy. It takes me about half an hour to park daily,” she says.
Autos in the city too are a big problem area, she feels. “Most drivers charge exorbitantly as they are fully aware that Gurgaon has limited public transport infrastructure,” Joon says.