The hardships faced by commuters, senior citizens have demanded that a connecting bridge be built to link Sector 51 station of Noida Metro’s Aqua Line with the nearby Blue Line of the Delhi Metro.
The 29.7-km Aqua Line runs between Sector 51 and Depot stations.
At present, commuters have to exit at Sector 51 station and walk nearly 200 metres on an under-construction road to take the Blue Line at Sector 52 station, said Ajay Chaturvedi, a resident of Sector 137.
“What is more painful is that commuters need to get themselves frisked again to board the Blue Line, which takes a lot of time,” added Chaturvedi.
He demanded that the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) should consider building a bridge to connect the two stations.
“I do not understand why the NMRC is causing such a big trouble to senior citizens and women travelling with children to board the Blue Line. They must build a bridge as early as possible,” Chaturvedi said, adding that he has given a suggestion in this regard officially to the Noida Metro Authority.
However, commuters can take e-rickshaws, run by NMRC at free of cost, at Sector 51 to go to the Blue Line station.
But the commuters complained that during peak hours or late in the night e-rickshaws are unavailable. Moreover, the road is filled with dust as construction is under way.
“The availability of e-rickshaws is inadequate. One cannot wait for them during peak hours or late in the night. E-rickshaws provided by NMRC ply on the narrow under-construction road. They should have completed all this basic work before starting the metro services,” said Ashish Saxena, another senior citizen from Noida.
Unavailability of seamless connectivity between the Aqua and Blue Lines is proving to be a major hurdle for thousands of commuters of Noida who daily travel to Delhi.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had inaugurated Noida Metro in January this year. There are 21 stations on the corridor — 15 in Noida and six in Greater Noida.