In order to connect Ghaziabad’s two metro stations to the rest of the city, the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSTRC) will on Friday launch its first metro feeder bus service in the city. The shuttle service will run on an 18-kilometre route from Kaushambi bus depot, which is near Kaushambi metro station, to old Ghaziabad bus depot with a uniform fare of Rs 10 for all stops.
“The service has been named ‘Metro Feeder Shuttle’ as it aims to link the metro service to commuters from various parts of the city,” said PK Bose, regional manager, UPSRTC.
Initially, six buses have been designated for the service of which three each will be stationed at Kaushambi bus depot and Old Ghaziabad bus stand. A separate area has been earmarked at the bus stand for the 54-seater buses that will run at a frequency of 20 minutes.
“The first services will start at 6 am and run in both directions between Kaushambi and Old Ghaziabad bus stand simultaneously. The service will go on till 9.30 pm. Each bus will have a flex board and a banner to make it recognisable as a Metro feeder bus,” said Anil Kumar, additional regional manager at Kaushambi bus depot.
The route for the service, if starting from Kaushambi bus depot, passes through Vaishali metro station, the wholesale vegetable market at Sahibabad, the Sector 5 intersection at Vasundhara, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, new Ghaziabad bus stand all the way till Old Ghaziabad bus stand.
“Two weeks ago, UP roadways chairman Pravir Kumar had visited Kaushambi and Sahibabad bus depots. After that he held a meeting with officials and ordered starting a shuttle bus service. The service is expected to be of great convenience to residents,” said Kumar.
The Vaishali metro station became operational in 2011, but did not have a feeder bus service till now, depriving commuters of last-mile connectivity.
“Private buses from Vaishali or Kaushambi metro stations do not charge less than Rs 30 till the Old Ghaziabad bus stand, which is on the same route. With the odd-even formula being implemented in the capital soon, we hope the shuttle bus service makes commuting easier for us from the coming year,” said Manoj Avasthi, a member of the residents’ welfare association (RWA) of Sector 4, Vaishali.