Noida: Over 2,000 commuters rode the Aqua Line Metro on the first day, which resumed operations on Wednesday after staying shut for nearly a month as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.
VPS Tomar, officer on particular responsibility of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), stated that each one Covid-protocols are being noticed on the road. “The ridership on Wednesday was 2,359. We will observe ridership developments for a number of days earlier than we launch some other initiative to extend footfall,” he stated.
The Aqua Line, which connects Noida and Greater Noida, was halted on May 1 as a result of second wave of the coronavirus illness pandemic.
The NMRC runs quick trains throughout peak hours between Noida and Greater Noida. Of the 21 stations on the Aqua Line, trains throughout peak hours skip a complete of 10 stations – Sector 50, 101, 81, 83, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, and 148 stations – which normally have decrease ridership.
According to the company’s officers, the transfer is geared toward lowering journey time between the top factors by 9 minutes.
The NMRC’s resolution to let quick trains skip stations has been met with criticism from a number of residents. Brajesh Kumar, a resident of Prateek Wisteria in Sector 77, stated locals have been demanding that the close by Sector 101 Metro Station features as a traditional station.
“There are individuals residing near the Sector 101 station who have to use the metro. But the quick trains skip this station throughout peak hours and cease right here solely throughout non-peak hours. If the metro doesn’t get commuters at peak hours to this station, why does it cease throughout non-peak hours,” he stated.
The NMRC’s OSD, in the meantime, stated the company has not taken any resolution to make adjustments within the quick practice schedule.
The common each day ridership on the Aqua Line, earlier than the nationwide lockdown was launched in March 2020, was 22,758. Since then, the quantity of commuters has decreased and the ridership numbers have been erratic.