The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) is set to begin its city bus service from December 14. Initially, 20 buses will be operated on six routes from Botanic Garden Metro station.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will inaugurate the facility from Lucknow through a videoconference. Santosh Yadav, managing director of NMRC, will flag off the service.
The city bus service will provide connectivity to upscale residential areas located in sectors 38A, 29, 37, 18, 2, 3, 6, 21A, 44, 40, 41, 39, 50, 51, 53 and 33, among others.
The city bus service is starting 30 months after it was proposed. Officials said the facility was delayed due to long procedures for getting approvals for the project.
“We will start operations with only 20 buses, as we have got approval only for that. We aim to add another 30 buses to the fleet soon. We have also got 25 electronic ticketing machines for collecting fare and issuing tickets,” Sandip Raizada, officer on special duty (OSD), NMRC, said.
Officials said that commuters will have to pay in cash as the NMRC is yet to launch a cashless card.
The NMRC has also finalised the tariff for the city bus service. “Bus fare will range from ₹10 to ₹50, depending on the distance,” PD Upadhyay, general manager, NMRC, said.
Buses will be parked at the Sector 88 depot till the permanent depot in Sector 90 is complete.
“It will take another three months to get the Sector 90 facility completely ready, work on which is in full swing. We have also made a CNG station operational in the sector,” Upadhyay said.
NMRC has also started a call centre service from the Sector 88 depot for commuters to lodge complaints or inquire about services.
“We have launched a toll-free number, 18001800555, and mobile phone number, 9868394969, for commuters. They can seek any information and also lodge a complaint about any issue related to the city bus service. They can even send WhatsApp messages regarding their issues,” Upadhyay said.
At present, the call centre is functional from 6am to 10pm, but it will function round-the-clock from December 15, officials said.