Hi-tech buses equipped with global positioning system, CCTV cameras and other safety features was launched at the Auto Expo 2016 -The Motor Show on Thursday. The buses, Noida authority said, will be used to provide last-mile connectivity from metro strations.
The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has ordered 100 such buses to strengthen its fleet and to help commuters from Noida and Greater Noida. Currently, there is no metro feeder bus service available in Noida. Commuters depend on autos, shared tempos, DTC buses and private buses to reach metro stations.
These buses will also be equipped with a public address system and panic buttons, similar to that on the Delhi metro, for enhanced security. The floor of the buses can be extended towards the ground at the entry gate for the convenience of senior citizens and differently abled persons.
“These buses are equipped with the latest technology to give passengers the most convenient and safest option of travel. The design of these buses allows maximum visibility for both passengers and those around the bus, which enhances the safety aspect,” said Nishant Arya, group executive director of JBM, the company which produces these buses.
The buses have been specially designed for intra-city travel. For increased comfort, they will have cantilever seats and armrests that will also ensure more room for those who are standing, Arya said.
Noida authority chief executive office Rama Raman inspected the bus and said the authority will explore the possibility of a feeder bus providing transport from each sector of the city to the metro stations.