Three years after work began on Metro’s Aqua Line that will connect Noida with Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will formally inaugurate the much-awaited corridor on Friday.
At 29.7 kilometres, this line will be the longest Metro corridor in the country to be inaugurated at one go. At 29km, officials said, the Hyderabad Metro held the earlier record.
Adityanath is scheduled to arrive in Noida’s Sector 84 in a helicopter from where he will proceed to open the line from Sector 137 station. From there, he will take a Metro ride to the terminal station in Greater Noida.
“There are several other specialties to this line. We are generating solar energy, have women drivers, and there are free water and toilet facilities for people,” PD Upadhyay, executive director, Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), said.
Work on the Aqua Line started in May 2015 and was completed in a record time of three-and-a-half years. It has been constructed at a cost of Rs 5,503 crore.
Mass public transport has been mostly unavailable in both cities, except for a handful of buses, and informal services such as autos have also been few and far between, especially in Greater Noida.
This has caused a lot many traffic issues in the region. In fact, for the inauguration, Gautam Budh Nagar SSP Vaibhav Krishna on Thursday took to social media took to social media seeking traffic volunteers for the chief minister’s visit.