Noida Metro service resumes after one month, 2,300 passengers take ride on day one

The NMRC suspended services on the Aqua line that connects Noida and Greater Noida on May 1, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the area.

Noida Metro service resumes after one month, 2,300 passengers take ride on day one
A worker sprays disinfectant inside a metro as Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) services to resume after unlocking process of Covid-19 lockdown began in graded manner, in Noida. (Photo Credit: PTI)

Noida: Following the Noida-Greater Noida metro resuming its service after an interval of over a month due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown, as many as 2,300 passengers took a ride on Wednesday. The passenger services on the Aqua line that connects Noida and Greater Noida were shut down on May 1, due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region. The restarting of services was announced on Monday, when the lockdown restrictions were eased in Gautam Budh Nagar district, adjoining Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh. “The total number of passengers on the Noida-Greater Noida Metro stood at 1,992 till 7 pm on Wednesday. By 8 pm, the total passengers rose to 2,349,” a Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) official said.

However, after announcing the resumption of its services, the NMRC said that taking the night curfew into consideration and to discourage people from moving out, trains will only be functioning from 7 am to 8 pm on weekdays. NMRC Managing Director Ritu Maheshwari said that the corporation will not operate trains on Saturday and Sunday as the weekend curfew is still in place.

“There would be one train at every 15 minutes during peak hours (8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm) and one train at every 30 minutes during non-peak hours. There will also be “fast trains” that will run on weekdays during peak hours and not stop at Sector 50, 101, 81, 83, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, and148 stations,” NMRC said.

Meanwhile, the NMRC’s decision to run ‘fast trains’ invited a lot of criticism from several residents of Noida and Greater Noida, who objected to the metro trains skipping some stations.

Gautam Buddh Nagar on Wednesday reported two more deaths due to COVID-19, taking its total number of deaths to 464. The district also reported 35 new infections, which pushed its total number of positive cases to 62,828. As many as 47 patients recovered from the deadly disease in the district.

(With inputs from PTI)

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