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Cash crunch hits Noida Metro, won’t procure more buses for second phase of bus service

The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) managing director and the Noida authority chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad has decided not to procure 50 more buses for the second phase of the Noida-Greater Noida city bus service project.

noida Updated: Jun 06, 2017 23:20 IST
Vinod Rajput
Under Phase-2, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) was supposed to add 50 more buses by June-end.
Under Phase-2, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) was supposed to add 50 more buses by June-end.(Sunil Ghosh/HT)

The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) managing director and the Noida authority chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad has decided not to procure 50 more buses for the second phase of the Noida-Greater Noida city bus service project.

The NMRC had on December 14, 2016, started its city bus service with 20 air-conditioned, CNG-run, disabled-friendly buses for Noida and Greater Noida under the Phase-1 of this mega project that was to have a total of 372 buses.

Later, the NMRC added more buses and now 50 buses are plying between Noida and Greater Noida on seven routes, covering key areas in the two cities.

Under Phase-2, the NMRC was supposed to add 50 more buses by June-end.

“The NMRC will not procure 50 more buses because we are already bearing heavy losses daily. We will try to provide better services with the existing 50 buses by tweaking the routes. Most of these buses are plying empty at present, then why would we add more buses? We need to first streamline services,” Prasad said.

The Noida authority said it is bearing a loss of Rs 4 crore per month.

The ridership in city buses has touched 10, 000 a day. In January, it was 6, 000 when there were only 38 buses.

Passengers said because of faulty routes, they were unable to make the most of the buses.

“The NMRC should have provided a bus service on the routes where shared autorickshaws are plying. We use shared autos as there is no public transport facility. If these bused covered such routes, then it will be a boon for office goers,” said Rakesh Bhuyan, who works with a private agency in Sector 63.

The low floor non air-conditioned buses were manufactured in Agra under the supervision of Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC), which is in charge of the NMRC project.

The NMRC had planned to run a city bus service with a total of 100 buses running on 13 routes.

“The Noida Metro should have started feeder buses first instead of connecting Noida and Greater Noida. The timings of this service are also an issue,” said Gaurav Sharma, another passenger.

Meanwhile, UP chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar on Monday launched an app through which passengers can track buses.