Longest corridor, 21 stations: All you need to know about Noida Metro’s Aqua Line
The Aqua Line of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), connecting the twin cities of Noida with Greater Noida, will be inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday.Updated: Jan 25, 2019 16:01 IST
The work on the Aqua Line started in May 2015 and was completed in a record time of three-and-a-half years.
The Metro service is expected to benefit a large number of commuters in both the cities, where mass public transport has been mostly unavailable, and the NMRC expects a daily footfall of over one lakh passengers.
Here is all you need to know about the line:
1. Constructed at the cost of Rs 5,503 crore, the 29.7-kilometre corridor with 21 stations will be the longest Metro line in the country to be inaugurated at one go. The Hyderabad Metro held the earlier record at 29km.
2. There will be 15 stations in Noida and six in Greater Noida. The Aqua Line will halt on the Sector 76, 101, 81, NSEZ, Noida Sector 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, and Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park II, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Delta 1, GNIDA Office and Depot Metro stations.
3. Commuters can buy QR-coded paper tickets or use smart cards. The initial payment for a new mobility card will be Rs 300, as against Rs 200 for Delhi Metro. The Delhi Metro tokens and smart cards will not be valid on this line.
4. Travelling one station would cost Rs 10 on an QR-coded ticket and Rs 9 via smart card; 2km would cost Rs 15 on ticket and Rs 13.50 on smart card; 3 to 6km would cost Rs 20 via ticket and Rs 18 on smart card; 7 to 9km would cost Rs 30 on ticket and Rs 27 on smart card. Travelling more than 10 stations but less than 16 stations would cost Rs 40 via ticket but Rs 36 via the smart card. Travelling beyond 16 stations would cost Rs 50 via ticket and Rs 45 via the smart card.
- The line will be open to the public from January 26, 2019
- On January 26 (Republic Day), the new line will be operational only between 10am and 5pm
- Normal running time every day (Jan 27 onwards): 6am to 10.30pm
- There are no plastic tokens on this line (unlike on the Delhi Metro). Instead QR code based paper tickets will be used. n For those using the common mobility card, it will be issued for ₹300 initially
- Once inside the paid area, the journey has to be completed in 1.5 hours or penalty will be imposed. The total running time between the first and last stations is 48 minutes.
5. The Aqua line from will have a frequency of 15 minutes.
6. It will have 19 rakes with four cars each. Every train is designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph, clocking an average speed of 37.5 kmph.
7. The trains are equipped with a passenger information system, a public address system, and an emergency announcement system from the operation control centre. Besides, all the stations shall be equipped with platform screen doors.
- While the line connects Noida and Greater Noida, there is no direct link to Delhi Metro.
- The nearest Delhi Metro station is Noida City Centre, about 2.5km from the Sector 51 Metro station on the Aqua Line.
- Frequency of trains on Aqua Line is 15 minutes, much longer than the Delhi Metro
- There is no parking facility at 5 of the 21 stations
- The parking at 16 stations will be started only a month later
- First- and last-mile connectivity is a problem. The NMRC’s e-rickshaw service will take a month to start. Routes of just two feeder buses have been changed for now.
- Accessibility to some Metro stations along the Noida-Greater Noida expressway is a concern
- While the station is on one side of the expressway, the foot-overbridges have not been built across the expressway, limiting access for people from the other side
- The common mobility card will be operational for other services only after a few months
- DMRC smartcards/tokens will not be accepted on the Aqua Line
8. Seat reservation through different colours has been done in the coaches for women, senior citizens and disabled. Dedicated space has been provided for wheelchairs in driving trailer cars at both the ends of the trains.
9. The 49th battalion of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary will be responsible for the security on the Aqua Line and some private security personnel will also be deployed.
10. The line will generate solar energy, have women drivers, and free water and toilet facilities for commuters.