Following huge demand and after several hiccups, the much-awaited Aqua Line Metro was inaugurated on Friday, providing a huge relief to the people living across Noida and Greater Noida. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as scheduled, opened it for public.
Yogi, while inaugurating the metro line said, "Today, we dedicate the Noida-Greater Noida metro rail to the people of the region. The Aqua Line, which has been completed in record time, will provide better connectivity to the region and prove to a milestone in development of the region."
The rail corridor, also known as the Aqua Line, would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida. There are a total of 21 stations on the corridor - 15 of them in Noida and 6 in Greater Noida -- spread over a distance of 29.7-km. However, commuters will have to take a walk from metro station 71 to reach out to Blue Line Metro link at Noida City Center as Aqua Line is not directly connected with it.
The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) had announced fares for the Aqua Line in December last year, with the minimum being Rs 9 and the maximum Rs 50. Besides, commuters using smart cards will get 10 per cent discount on fares.
As far as its operations are concerned, the first ride will start at 10:00 am on January 26. However on Sundays, the rides will commence from 8 am, continuing till 10 pm. Each train will ply after 15 minutes.
For the uninitiated, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which operates the Delhi Metro, will assist the NMRC over the next one year in operating the Aqua Line. The construction work on this stretch began in May 2015 and was initially expected to be inaugurated in November 2018, then December.