To provide easy commute between Noida and Greater Noida, the transport department has decided to issue fresh permits to 50 buses that will ferry passengers between Noida and Pari Chowk in Greater Noida via the expressway.
At present, the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has a fleet of 40 buses that is operating between Noida and Greater Noida via Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera Road and the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.
“A fresh proposal has come to us under the plan for city bus service of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), which is to run 100 low floor buses in the city including the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. The proposal will be discussed by the regional transport authority (RTA), after which it will be sent to the headquarters in Lucknow for the final approval from the transport commissioner’s office. So there is a long procedure to be followed,” Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer (RTO), said.
The assistant regional transport officer (ARTO) of Noida had earlier conducted the route survey of the expressway and submitted a report to the regional transport officer in Ghaziabad. The RTO office at Ghaziabad issues the final permits for Gautam Budh Nagar as well.
However, the NMRC bus service is expected to become operational only by September-end.
Earlier, Saumya Srivastava, executive director of the NMRC, had flagged off the trial run of these buses in Noida. The trial was conducted from Botanic Garden Metro station in Sector 38A to Greater Noida.
“For the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway route, we had suggested a fleet of 50 buses in our report. Only after the RTO Ghaziabad’s office issues permits can these buses start ferrying passengers,” Rajesh Singh, assistant regional transport officer (ARTO), Noida, said.
According to transport officials, low-floor buses will be used for this service. Low-floor buses have no steps between the ground and the vehicle, and passengers can enter and exit the vehicles easily.
The NMRC authorities have chosen six routes in Noida and Greater Noida that will cater to most of the residential and industrial areas.