In the first five months of operations, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC)’s Aqua Line has seen an average daily ridership of just over 13,000.
Noida Sector 147 metro station saw the lowest ridership with a daily reidership average of just 20.
The approximately 30-km-long Aqua Line runs between Noida and Greater Noida. With a daily average of 23, Noida Sector 145 station also featured among the top five stations with the lowest ridership figures. This is followed by Noida Sector 144 and 146 stations, which saw a daily ridership average of 36.
The Aqua Line began operations in January this year. Noida Sector 51 station has seen the maximum footfall with an average daily ridership of 4,048.
The station is the first one on the Noida end of the corridor.
Pari Chowk station in Greater Noida is a distant second among the stations with the highest ridership with an average daily of 1,707. This is followed by the NSEZ and Noida Sector 142 stations with a daily average ridership of 982 and 906 respectively.
Flak for no direct link
The Noida-Greater Noida corridor has received flak from commuters for not being directly linked to the Delhi Metro’s Blue Line that was extended till Noida Electronic City.
In March, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation introduced free e-rickshaw services to facilitate commute between the two lines.
“These e-rickshaws carry passengers free of cost between the two stations on a dedicated 300-metre pathway constructed by the Noida Metro Rail Corporation. The pathway also has a pedestrian walkway for the convenience of commuters of both the corridors to interchange between the two networks,” said an official.