The Noida metro rail corporation (NMRC) on Monday said it will begin a city bus service on 13 main routes from this April. The service will start with 30 new low-floor buses fitted with GPS.
The service will cover important routes in Noida and Greater Noida, thus providing connectivity between the twin cities. Its objective is to provide a safe mode of public transport to commuters, particularly office goers. The authorities had conducted a survey to identify routes that see a large number of office goers and, hence, are likely to see a good passenger turnout.
The buses would also run on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, starting from Pari Chowk in Greater Noida. The routes will also go through the Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) road so that the service can cover Noida’s special economic zone (SEZ), Phase 2 area, and Greater Noida’s Surajpur industrial area.
The NMRC will control operations of the city bus service.
“We will begin the city bus service with 30 buses. Later, we will provide 100 buses for this facility. We will keep increasing the number of buses depending upon the need. One of the major causes of increase in pollution levels is the rise in number of vehicles on roads. We can tackle that with better public transport facility,” said Rama Raman, managing director of NMRC.
“We want to discourage people from using private vehicles by providing them options of travelling on public transport such as the metro, city bus service and feeder buses. Once our three under-construction metro projects, feeder bus and city bus services are ready, people will automatically stop depending on private vehicles,” he said.
The buses under the service 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 passengers who are standing, officials said.
They said the buses will be equipped with a public address system and panic buttons for enhanced security. The entrances will have floors that can extend down for the convenience of senior citizens and the differently abled.
“We aim to connect all important residential and industrial areas with metro and city bus service. We are working to provide safe and comfortable mobility facility in Noida and Greater Noida,” said Sandip Chandra, head of the Noida authority’s traffic cell.