NOIDA, INDIA (Metro Rail News): The easing of the restrictions in the metro services increased the number of passengers on the Noida-Greater Noida Aqua line, which witnessed its highest ridership in November 15, with 26,554 commuters. Ritu Maheshwari (MD) NMRC stated that after the initial opening of the Metro rails, post covid in June this year, the ridership saw a diminishing trend with the daily average of 4,904 commuters. The constraints imposed by the metro authorities, like openings of the entry and exit gates, lift operations, better monitoring etc., proved a hindrance in the easy mobility of the commuters and were responsible for reducing their number. Due to Public demand, authorities opened more gates in October 2021, which smoothened the journey of the metro users.
The sudden increase in the footfalls made NMRC ensure the safety of Aqua line passengers.
Safety issues are dealt with by proper auto-thermal screening at the station entrance by thermal guns, providing the facility of ‘Auto Sanitizer dispensers’, maintaining the norms of Social distancing etc. Maheshwari added that the highest footfall is seen on the Noida- Sector51 Metro Station. The preventive measures taken by the NMRC boosted the confidence level in the commuters and eased their security concerns. All this helped in such a dramatic increase in the number of passengers from the pre-covid times. Before the lockdown started, the monthly average of the ridership was 25,920.