Managing director of the Noida metro rail corporation (NMRC) Santosh Yadav on Friday directed officials to complete the construction of a bus depot in Sector 90 next month.
Yadav and other officials of the NMRC on Friday inspected the bus depot site. The construction of the depot has to be completed before the NMRC starts the city bus service in Noida and Greater Noida. In the beginning, the NMRC will roll out 40 low-floor air-conditioned buses.
The bus depot is important for starting the city bus service in Noida and Greater Noida. The depot is spread over an area of 18.50 acres and is located off the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.
“In the first phase, we are developing an area of 9 acres so that it can be used for the city bus service, which is likely to start very soon. I have directed the traffic cell to plant trees and develop lawns at the site for an aesthetic look,” said Yadav, after inspecting the depot site.
“The work of hard surfacing is done on 9 acres. Indrapratha Gas Limited (IGL) will complete the construction of a dedicated CNG station inside the depot in the next one month,” said another NMRC official.
According to officials, after inspection, Yadav directed officials to ensure completion of facilities such as the washing area, control room and workshop that are required right away for the start of the city bus service.
Facilities such as automatic bus operator, store room and high-mast light will be provided on the campus without delay, said officials.
According to the plan, 100 city buses will be introduced within the Noida city limits between Noida and Greater Noida. The city bus facility will also cover Ghaziabad areas located along NH-24.
Nearly 1.5 lakh MNC, BPO and other employees, who work in Noida and are depend on public transport, suffer while travelling to their offices. And providing a comfortable public transport facility to the office-goers has been a big challenge for the authorities.
“We will run 30-40 new low-floor disable friendly buses by June-end. The facility will pass through the city’s main roads, connecting all six metro stations in Noida,” said another NMRC official.