To address the issue of last mile connectivity for metro users, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has introduced 16 new routes for the 50 low-floor air conditioned feeder buses in Noida and Greater Noida.
According to NMRC, these buses will now ply on the 16 newly decided routes from March 15. The new routes will cater to the Aqua Line metro corridor which connects the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida.
NMRC’s decision for route diversion have come after analysing that number of commuters in these new routes will cover most of the high rises where number of commuters traveling between twin cities have increased and will increase more in coming days.
P D Upadhyay, Executive Director of NMRC said, “Before starting Aqua Line metro, NMRC had promised to run feeder buses provide connectivity to the commuters. The new routes will cover routes where high rises are located. These metro feeder buses have been operational from last three years.”
Of 16 new bus feeder routes, seven routes in Noida are - Sector 74 (Cape Town) to Sector 51 metro station, Sector 51 metro station to Sector 137 metro station, Sector 51 metro station to Sector 12/22 (Ring Route), Sector 51 metro station to Sector 32 (RTO Office), Sector 55/56 (Indian Oil Colony) to Sector 51 metro station, Sector 142 metro station to Sector 51 metro station and Sector 142 metro station to Botanical Garden metro station.
In proposed routes like Noida sector 51, 55, 137, 142, there are several high rises where number of office goers use Aqua Line or Blue Line metro on a daily basis. NMRC was also of the view that availability of feeder bus services will not only provide easy mode of transportation but also encourage people to avoid their cars on roads.
In Greater Noida, metro feeder buses to be available from Sharda University, metro's Depot station to Kasna, Dadri railway station to Gautam Buddha University via Kasna.
Housing societies in Greater Noida West where residents are facing tough time to reach Noida City Centre or any other part of city will have feeder buses services from Gaur City to Sector 51 metro station, Greater Noida West (ACE City) to Sector 51 metro station and Sampooranam to Sector 51 metro station.
Manish Kumar, a resident of Arihant Arden and an office goer talking to City Spidey said, “Of course, it is a good move by the NMRC. But frequency of buses have been a bigger concern. If I had to wait 40 minutes for next bus then I would instead take auto-rickshaw. Why will I wait for next 40 minutes? Secondly, bus services should be available at least till 11 pm. People, especially women, commuting late evening will get safe journey if these metro feeder buses starts operating till 11 pm.”
Naval Singh, another resident of a high rise in Greater Noida West, has same request that frequency of buses should be increased even beyond peak hours. “If people will get public transport services to commute easily at their doorstep, I believe people will start avoiding their cars and there would be less traffic jams on roads as well.”
The three routes which will operate between Noida and Greater Noida are - NSEZ Metro station to Kasna via AWHO, NSEZ metro station to Dadri via Surajpur and Botanical Garden metro station to Depot station via Greater Noida Authority.
NMRC, however, assured that routes have been prepared in such a manner that commuters will find no difficulty in commuting from their residences. It has claimed that new routes of feeder buses will help the commuters in manner that they will no longer be required to take the alternative mode of transport.
The feeder buses will have the facilities such as - GPS, intelligence transport system, electronic ticketing machines, passenger information system, announcement and digital display, three CCTV cameras, panic button and accessibility for disabled people.