A dedicated pathway and a carriage-way for e-rickshaws will be built, to provide connectivity between the Aqua Line and the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro, which are separated by a distance of 300 metres.
Plans are afoot to connect a terminus station of the Aqua Line of the Noida-Greater Noida Metro, with an upcoming station of the Delhi Metro’s Blue Line through a dedicated pathway and a carriage-way for e-rickshaws, officials have said. There is a distance of around 300 metres between Sector 51 metro station, the terminus of the Aqua Line in Noida and the upcoming Sector 52 metro station of the Blue Line, which is being extended from Noida City Centre to Noida Electronic City, according to officials.
While the inauguration of the Noida-Greater Noida metro service in January 2019 was seen as a major public transport boost connecting the twin cities, several people were critical of the Aqua Line not being connected with the Blue Line, saying it did not help the thousands of commuters to and from Delhi.
They also expressed disappointment over lack of seamless connectivity between the two stations (Sector 51 and Sector 52) saying commuters will have to exit one station and cover some distance, go through frisking again and use a different smart card or ticket/token to continue their journey after interchange.
Trial runs had begun, in January 2019, on the 6.8-km-long elevated corridor of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC’s) Blue Line which will extend from Noida City Centre station to Electronic City via Sector 34, Sector 52, Sector 61, Sector 59 and Sector 62. “Work on Blue Line extension is over and trial is underway. The safety inspection is expected soon,” a senior DMRC official said. Officials of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) are hoping for a spurt in ridership on the Aqua Line, once the Blue Line’s Sector 52 station goes operational. “Once that line begins, expectedly in the second half of March, we will see rise in ridership numbers. Work is underway for a direct pathway from Sector 51 station to Sector 52 station and a carriage-way for e-rickshaws which will carry the commuters between the two stations,” NMRC executive director PD Upadhyay said. Read more..