NOIDA (Metro Rail News): The Noida Metro’s ridership crossed the 3,000 mark on the first Monday after the NMRC resumed full-fledged operations for the first time after over five months. According to sources, the final ridership of Monday at 11:00 pm was 3237 on the metro line better known as Aqua line.
The Aqua Line had resumed operations on September 7 with curtailed timings. The train services between the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida were available in two shifts of 7 am to 11 am and 5 to 9 pm till Friday. The Noida Metro is now operating in the pre-COVID time table. The total train trips on Monday stood at 221.
The NMRC had a total ridership of 1,375 on Friday, 1,212 on Thursday, 1,061 on Wednesday, 725 on Tuesday and approximately 600 on last Monday, according to the Metro Corporation. “This Monday’s ridership reached 2,137 passengers as the rail service was open from 6 am till 11 pm,” an NMRC official said.
According to NMRC rules, people with body temperature above 37.7 degrees Celsius and those without ”green status” on Aarogya Setu mobile app would not be allowed entry. The NMRC had earlier announced a fine of Rs 500 for commuters found without a face mask and Rs 100 for those spitting inside trains or on metro premises.
However, it also said masks would be available on payment basis at three metro stations — Sector 51, NSEZ and Pari Chowk — for a minimum of Rs 5 and a maximum Rs 30 for commuters. The ridership is expected to increase rapidly in the coming days.