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Inauguration of Noida-Greater Noida metro line likely on Jan 25, 2019  |  January 19, 2019


The Noida-Greater Noida metro, also known as the Aqua Line, which will run between Sector 51 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida, is likely to be inaugurated on January 25, 2019


The Noida-Greater Noida metro rail line is likely to be inaugurated on January 25, 2019, by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said, on January 17, 2019. The rail corridor, also known as the Aqua Line, would run between Sector 51 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida. There are a total of 21 stations on the corridor &ndash 15 of them in Noida and six in Greater Noida &ndash spread over a distance of 29.7 kms.


“The Noida-Greater Noida metro line’s inauguration will held most likely on January 25, by chief minister Yogi Adityanth,” NMRC executive director, PD Upadhyay said. He said the inaugural event would be held at the Depot Station, from where the chief minister would take a ride on the new metro up to Sector 142 station. 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.


Aqua Line Metro route and fares


The Aqua Line, which will have 19 rakes with four cars each, will halt on the Sector 76, 101, 81, NSEZ, Noida Sector 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, and Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park II, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Delta 1, GNIDA Office and Depot metro stations. However, a major concern among the people has been that the interchange stations of the DMRC-operated Blue Line and the NMRC’s Aqua Line are not seamless. Commuters will have to get down at the Sector 52 metro station of the Blue Line, which will further get extended to the Noida Electronic City station and reach the Noida Sector 51 station of the Aqua Line, covering a stretch of around 200 metres. Earlier the NMRC had said that a skywalk or foot overbridge, to directly link the two stations, was under consideration.


The NMRC had, in December 2018, announced fares for the Aqua Line, with minimum being Rs 9 and the maximum Rs 50. Commuters could buy QR-coded paper tickets or use smart cards, the officials had said. The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph, clocking an average speed of 37.5 kmph. Seat reservation through different colours has been done in the coaches for ladies, senior citizens and differently abled persons. Dedicated space has been provided for wheelchair in driving trailer cars at both the ends of the trains, according to officials. The Aqua Line, whose construction started in May 2015 and was completed in record time, was initially expected to be opened to the public in November 2018 and then in December 2018.


Noida Metro Rail gets safety clearance for launching services on the Aqua Line

The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety has given his go-ahead, for launching of commercial operations on the Aqua Line of the Noida Metro, from Sector 71 in Noida to the Depot Station in Greater Noida


December 24, 2018: A final and mandatory safety inspection report, has given the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) the approval to launch commercial operations of the Aqua Line, officials said, on December 21, 2018. With the approval, the NMRC has now written to the Uttar Pradesh government, to finalise the date of inauguration of the much-awaited Aqua Line that would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida, covering 29.7 kms through 21 stations.


“The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) report has been received and it has its sanction for the commercial operations of the metro service. The report also praised the civil and track work of the metro system,” NMRC’s executive director PD Upadhyay said. NMRC’s managing director has written to the state government, for finalising the date of inauguration, said Upadhyay.


He also said the fares of the Aqua Line would be decided in the NMRC board meeting, scheduled on December 28, 2018. “Chairman Sanjay K Murthy, the additional secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, will chair the meeting,” he added.