With the Uttar Pradesh government revising the night curfew timings, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has decided to run trains on its Aqua Line between 6am and 10pm from Monday onwards. The train service, at present, is available from 7am to 8pm.
Currently, the night curfew in Gautam Budh Nagar is in place from 10pm to 6am, as against 8pm to 7am earlier.
Ritu Maheshwari, managing director of NMRC said the metro services will be available from 6am to 10 pm.
“The trains will be available in intervals of 10 minutes during rush hours and in gaps of 15 minutes during non-peak hours. The peak hours usually starts from 8am to 11am and between 5am and 8pm,” she said.
Maheshwari said as the weekend curfew is still in effect in Gautam Buddha Nagar, the train services will not operate on weekends.
Alok Singh, a resident of Sector Alpha 1 in Greater Noida, said the revised timing will surely help computers. “A number of people work in Delhi and Noida and they commute by metro. This will help a scores of people and office goers, who return home late,” he said.
Nisha Wadhawan, company secretary and NMRC’s public relations officer, said the Aqua Line recorded the highest ridership of 9,489 passengers on July 12 after the metro services were resumed on June 9. On July 16, the Aqua Line recorded 8,895 passengers.
NMRC has been taking proactive measures to spread awareness regarding the virus and ensure that its premises and trains are clean and sanitized. The Metro body does regular announcements at every station regarding maintaining adequate social distancing and washing hands. The NMRC also urges passengers to follow the guidelines issued by the Union health ministry and cooperate with authorities to curtail the spread of Covid-19.
The NMRC also runs fast trains during peak hours. There are 21 stations on the Aqua Line. The fast trains skip 10 stations which have low ridership during peak hours. Wadhawan said that the fast trains will continue as of now.
In order to augment the non-farebox revenues, the NMRC on Wednesday came up with the idea of offering the vacant parking space at various stations in the Metro body’s network to food truck vendors. This initiative will help the NMRC to boost its ridership by enhancing aesthetics and public amenities in the vicinity of metro stations.