The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), the Noida authority and Greater Noida authority officials on Tuesday agreed to sign a tripartite agreement to start the long-awaited city bus service from October 1.
The facility will begin with 50 air-conditioned green coloured low floor CNG buses.
UP Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal on August 27 had directed officials to start the facility from October 1 without further delay.
Top officials, including NMRC managing director Santosh Yadav and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Noida authority Pramod Kumar Aggarwal, held a detailed meeting in Sector 6 office to discuss the city bus project.
“The agreement will be signed on Wednesday to make way for the city bus service project that is aimed at addressing the public transport woes in Noida and Greater Noida. The Noida authority will release Rs. 50 crore to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation which will manage the operations of the bus service,” Aggarwal said.
On June 20, the NMRC had conducted the trial run for the city bus service on six routes in Noida and Greater Noida. The NMRC officials said they have sorted out all technical hurdles that had cropped up during the trial run.
In Noida and Greater Noida, there are 9,000 autorickshaws (three-seater), 500 shared tempos (eight-seater), 10,000 cycle rickshaws, 1,000 e-rickshaws besides 276 state roadways buses, 300 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and 1,600 private buses, official estimates show.
But the twin cities have a population of more than 10 lakh and the DTC and state buses together cater to only 90,000 passengers a day. Two-wheelers and cars account for 90% of the vehicular density on roads.
Commuters, particularly office-goers, who work with MNCs, BPOs and other private companies face inconveniences in the absence of an adequate public transport facility in two cities.
“Last mile connectivity is a big problem in Noida and Greater Noida. Autorickshaws do not offer a safe and reliable service as they do not ply by the meter,” said Sudipta Sahu, who works with an MNC.
The new bus service will boast of advance facilities, including a panic button for safety of women passengers, officials said.
Once launched, the city bus service will provide connectivity to all upscale residential areas such as sectors 44, 40, 41, 39, 50, 51, 53 and 33, among others.
“We will finalise the bus fare in the board meeting. To begin with, we are planning to charge 80 paise per kilometre,” said Sandip Raizada, general manager of the NMRC.