The Aqua Line rail service here will be revived for riders this Sunday onwards, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said on Friday. The choice has been adopted in the wake of the Uttar Pradesh government lifting the pandemic-induced curfew on Sundays which was enacted from August 22, the NMRC said.
It also declared that the metro trains between Noida and Greater Noida will not drop stations during weekends. “Weekend curfew has been relaxed by the UP government on Sundays as well. Therefore, the NMRC has determined to revive the metro rail service on every Sunday. This revision will be effective from August 22 (Sunday) onwards,” NMRC managing director Ritu Maheshwari said.
The services for commuters will be accessible from 6 am to 10 pm from Monday to Saturday, she said in a statement. The services on Sundays will start from 8 am and continue till 10 pm, she added.
“The trains will race at an interval of 10 minutes during peak hours (8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm) and 15 minutes during non-peak hours from Monday to Friday,” Maheshwari stated. “Metro train services on Saturdays and Sundays will be accessible at an interval of 15 minutes throughout the day without dropping off stations,” she said.
NMRC functions “fast trains’ during peak hours on weekdays that drop some stations with low average ridership in order to save time of passengers between Noida and Greater Noida. However, the determination has attracted continued criticism and protests by residents of the twin towns adjoining Delhi who have claimed that the public transport be halted at every station.