Walkway that connects Aqua and Blue strains to be dismantled

Noida: The Noida Metro Rail Company (NMRC) has deliberate to dismantle the 300-metre walkway connecting Delhi Metro’s Blue Line (Sector 52 station) with Aqua Line of Noida Metro (Sector 51 station) and develop a brand new walkway to facilitate commuting of passengers. The transfer comes after the Noida authority lately allotted the land between the 2 stations to a personal firm, NMRC officers stated.

“The authority has allotted the land between the 2 stations to a personal firm. The corporate is prone to develop a industrial constructing on the spot, so the walkway must be dismantled,” stated Sandhya Sharma, deputy normal supervisor, NMRC.

NMRC has issued a contemporary tender in search of software to develop the brand new walkway. Based on the NMRC’s tender paperwork, the walkway mission will probably be developed within the subsequent two months at the price of Rs 1.49 crore.

Sharma stated that the prevailing walkway will quickly be dismantled. At current, the e-rickshaw service between the 2 stations is constant, the officers stated.

When requested, the officers stated that NMRC additionally plans to make a skywalk in future as soon as the neighbouring space is developed.

Praveen Mishra, government director, NMRC, stated that the land has been allotted to a Swedish firm dealing in furnishings and kitchen home equipment. “It is a deliberate growth. The present walkway will probably be dismantled and a brand new walkway will probably be developed within the neighbourhood,” he stated.

NMRC had inaugurated the two-metre huge walkway for pedestrians and a five-metre huge pathway for e-rickshaws to ferry passengers between Aqua Line and Blue Line on August 18, 2019. The Noida Metro had additionally offered 10 free e-rickshaws on this stretch to facilitate connectivity.

Whereas the Aqua Line connects Noida to Better Noida, the Blue Line gives connectivity to Dwarka in Delhi. The walkway performs an necessary position in facilitating commuters of Aqua Line and Blue Line.

Mishra stated that NMRC lately engaged a city transport consultancy agency to conduct a research on easy methods to improve Aqua Line’s ridership. “The corporate has submitted its report. NMRC has additionally shaped a committee to guage the report and take needed measures. The report recommends launch of feeder bus service, seamless connectivity, parking services, and so on. NMRC will work on these points to enhance ridership,” he stated.

On March 22 this yr, NMRC had suspended Aqua Line companies in view of the Covid 19 pandemic and the next tips issued by the federal government. On September 7, it resumed partial operations on the Aqua Line whereas on September 12, it commenced full operations. The common each day ridership of Aqua Line earlier than the lockdown in March final yr was 22,758, whereas the typical each day ridership in December stood at 7,915.

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