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10,458 riders used Noida Metro’s Aqua Line daily in first month: Data

Over 3.24 lakh passengers took rides on the Noida-Greater Noida Metro in the first month, with the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) raking in a revenue of over Rs 1 crore in a single month.

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The Aqua Line of the Noida Metro was opened to public on January 25, and has recorded an average ridership of 10,458 passengers daily in its first month of operations, the NMRC data stated.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Over 3.24 lakh passengers took rides on the Noida-Greater Noida Metro in the first month, with the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) raking in a revenue of over Rs 1 crore in a single month.

The Aqua Line of the Noida Metro was opened to public on January 25, and has recorded an average ridership of 10,458 passengers daily in its first month of operations, the NMRC data stated.

Built for Rs 5,503 crore, the Aqua Line connects Noida and Greater Noida via 21 stations spread over 29.7 km between the twin cities in Gautam Buddh Nagar district.

“From January 26 to February 25, the NMRC earned a total revenue of Rs 1.02 crore with an average daily earning of Rs 3.3 lakh and served 3.24 lakh passengers during the period,” it said.

The highest single day ridership of 14,314 passengers was on the January 27 (Sunday), the second day after the launch of the Aqua Line. The same day, the NMRC recorded its highest single day revenue of Rs 4.59 lakh.

NMRC Executive Director P D Upadhyay said the response has been “good” so far, considering the Aqua Line is a “standalone” metro corridor.

He was also upbeat about ridership going up next month when the Blue Line’s extended corridor — from Noida City Centre metro station to Electronic City (around Noida’s Sector 62 and Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram) — is expected to open.

A total of 8,275 smart cards and 2.55 lakh QR-coded tickets were sold in the first month, it said, adding an average 267 smart cards and 8,234 tickets were sold daily during the period.

About 78.73% passengers chose the QR-coded tickets, while 21.27% preferred the smart cards, the data stated.

According to the NMRC figures, the average ridership per station during the month was 498.

The five stations that saw the highest number of riders (average daily) are Sector 51 (2,391), Pari Chowk (1,642), Knowledge Park (799), NSEZ (731) and Sector 142 (702) – all of them except for Sector 142 also being the highest revenue earners, the data said.

The five stations that saw the lowest number of riders (average daily) are Sector 147 (22), Sector 145 (33), Sector 146 (39), Sector 144 (40) and Sector 148 (128), it added. The NMRC data showed that the average revenue per passenger at Rs 31.59 and average revenue per station at Rs 15,732.

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