Noida, Metro Rail News: The Noida Metro’s Aqua Line has been touted as the lifeline of Greater Noida residents, including those living on the outer part of Noida. But the metro line hasn’t been made available to the public yet. The line will connect some areas of Greater Noida to the Delhi Metro, improving access to Delhi and Gurugram for Noida residents.
The Noida metro has received all clearances, fares have been announced, and even smart cards are being produced in partnership with State Bank of India. It is safe to say that the Noida metro line is ready for launch, PD Upadhyay, executive director of Noida Metro Rail Corporation,
“We have sent the proposal to the government seeking a launch date. From our end, all due diligence is complete. We have been given a go-ahead by the safety commissioner as well.” he added.
So what is stopping the Noida metro’s aqua line for public operation? The Aqua Line is awaiting a formal inauguration. It is being speculated that the Prime Minister’s Office is yet to provide an available date. The BJP wants to inaugurate the line as close to the elections as possible, some claim. Others reasons for delay may include the authorities wanting to wait for the extension of the Blue Line. Nevertheless, the NMRC has neither cleared up any of these speculations nor offered a fixed timeline.
The lack of achhe din for NMRC
The Noida Metro’s Aqua Line, expected to be functional in April 2018 for Public operation, was first delayed in
“We were earlier aiming for Christmas 2018 but could not get a date then. We then entered Kharmas and it is unlikely that it [the launch] happens during this period. We’re hoping it’s done after Makar
A six-lane bridge across the Yamuna river, near Kalindi Kunj, is also waiting for a final heads up.
Speaking about the delay, local activist Abhisht Gupta told Metro Rail News, “It is a troublesome situation for us. There’s conjecture that PM Modi’s availability for the inauguration was under doubt and since then it keeps getting delayed. I see the metro running all day, all empty; a lot of public money has been invested in the project. If we can’t use it in need, it is a waste of public money.”
Any further delay will only add to make to NMRC’s challenges. For example, the metro which is currently running empty under trial can accommodate up to 1,034 riders. The fare for the journey from the first station to the last station is Rs 50. This is to say that the NMRC is losing out on about Rs 51,700 per run. Additionally, if the inauguration doesn’t take place by January 31, NMRC will have to reapply for a CMRS clearance, which would need more trials and thus, further delay Aqua Line’s launch.