NOIDA (Metro Rail News): Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) witnessed the highest ridership recently with 9822 passengers using the NMRC Services on December 14, the highest since the resumption of its services after lockdown. NMRC has witnessed a massive increase in ridership three months of resuming services after lockdown.
The services on the Aqua Line were resumed after almost five months of lockdown on 7th September 2020 with partial services. NMRC had ensured all precautions necessary for the prevention of the spread of the Covid 19 virus before resuming services on the Aqua Line. The first day of operations had recorded a ridership of 600 passengers. On 12th September 2020, NMRC had resumed full-fledged operations on the Aqua Line and had recorded a ridership of 2148 passengers. Since then the ridership of NMRC has seen a steady rise. Since then Aqua-Line has witnessed an encouraging and upward trend since resuming operations after the lockdown.
This rise can be attributed to the fact that passengers have faith in the safety standards of NMRC and consider the Aqua Line as a safe and secure mode of public transport during the Covid 19 pandemic.
“NMRC is taking all necessary measures to ensure a safe journey for Aqua-Line commuters. The NMRC trains are also fully sanitised after each trip. The stations, platform and other “contact areas” like Call buttons of lifts, AFC gates, Handle belts of Escalators & Staircases, POS machines etc. are also sanitised at regular intervals. The E- Rickshaws are also regularly sanitised after every journey”, it said in a statement.
“NMRC staff have been deployed at the station to ensure that passengers follow the government guidelines of wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing”, it added. Only the passengers with face mask are allowed inside the stations and every passenger is screened for temperature with Thermal Sensors. “To ensure adequate Social distance, markings for standing the passengers have been made at 1 metre spacing at frisking zones, TOM counters and Platforms”, an official said. NMRC currently has 3 ticketing options:-
1. Use of Contactless Smart Card
2. Use of QR code generated by NMRCs Mobile App. This QR code can also be scanned without touching the smartphone with the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates.
3. Use of paper generated QR Code which can be purchased from the Metro stations.
“NMRC is encouraging its commuters to use the first two options as much as possible to help in minimising human contact and help in keeping our commuters safe”, the official added.