NOIDA (Metro Rail News): To fully utilize open parking areas under metro stations that see less footfall, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) plans to start theme-based markets, such as winter carnivals, children’s fairs, women’s fairs, and tribal arts and handicrafts shows, in these spaces. Officials said the markets will be organized at several metro stations.
P D Upadhyay, executive director, NMRC said that “There are some stations where parking lots remain vacant most of the time. We had allotted them to a vendor but there weren’t enough vehicles using them. We will soon start theme-based markets on the lines of Raahgiri for non-fare box revenue”.
Meanwhile, to increase the sense of safety among women commuters, who form a large part of the metro ridership, NMRC is developing Pari Chowk and Sector 76, two of the most crowded Aqua-Line stations, as pink stations, officials said.
They are expected to be ready in a month, they added. The station buildings will be color-coded in pink. There will also be selfie points and rooms for baby feeding and makeup. There will be eight to 10 employees at every station, including the station controller, ticket counter staff and customer relations assistant. Barring security officials, the staff at these stations will be comprised of women.
“Apart from other facilities, we will have kiosks that will help in creating awareness regarding government schemes for women, like Janani Suraksha and Ujjwala,” said Upadhyay. NMRC has a high female workforce, including train operators. Of the 175 train operators who run the Aqua Line metro, 42, or about 25%, are women. Meanwhile, of the total 527 station staff, 121, or 23%, are women.
Last week, the NMRC set up cycle stands at three of its stations on the Aqua Line. These stands will have electric cycles or bikes that can be used by commuters against a fee for last-mile connectivity. The e-cycle stands have been set up at sectors 50, 51 and 76 stations. Such stands will be set up in eight stations in total, including sectors 148, Delta, Alpha, Knowledge Park, and Pari Chowk. The Authority will demarcate areas to park the cycles.