The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), today organised a "Seminar on Disaster Management Preparedness in NMRC" at the NMRC Auditorium located at the NMRC Depot in Greater Noida in the presence of Sh. P. D, Upadhyay, Executive Director, NMRC and other senior NMRC Officials. Prof. B. P. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Gautam Buddha University was the Hon’ble Chief Guest of the Seminar alongwith Brig. (Dr.) Rakesh Gupta, Director, Govt. Institute of Medical Sciences (Greater Noida) and Ms. Kalpana Saxena, Commandant, 49th Battalion, PAC, Gautam Buddha Nagar who were the esteemed Guests of Honour for the occasion.
This seminar was organised to talk about the various ways in which NMRC has equipped itself to deal with any kind of crisis situation. In this seminar, senior NMRC officers explained and demonstrated NMRC’s preparedness in dealing with situations like Fire, Bomb, health emergencies, etc. alongwith tackling technical issues related to Rolling Stock, electrical and signalling of the Metro System.
The Seminar also included a lecture by Dr. T. C. Gupta, Dy. Commandant, St. John Ambulance Brigade on Health awareness, First Aid and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
The Seminar was followed by a Press Conference in which Sh. P. D. Upadhyay addressed the media and made a few important announcements regarding ridership, timings and new initiatives that are being introduced by NMRC for the commuters.
NMRC INCREASES FREQUENCY ON AQUA LINE FROM 03rd JUNE 2019
NMRC will be increasing the frequency of the Metro trains on the Aqua Line on weekdays w.e.f. 03rd June 2019 (Monday). Trains on the Aqua Line will now ply at a frequency of 7 minutes 30 seconds during peak hours (8AM – 11PM and 5PM – 8PM) and 10 minutes during non – peak hours on weekdays i.e. Monday to Friday.
The Aqua Line currently operates at a frequency of 10 minutes during peak hours and 15 minutes during non – peak hours on weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, the frequency is currently 15 minutes and will continue to remain the same.
The Aqua Line is currently running 163 trips per day with a fleet of 10 trains. With the increase in frequency the number of trains will increase to 13 and the number of trips per day will increase to 221. There will be a total increase of 58 train trips per day during weekdays.
The Aqua Line is almost 30 kms in length and has 21 stations. NMRC has maintained a punctuality of 99.99% since the first day of operations on 26th January 2019 onwards. NMRC operates its trains from 6 AM to 10 PM from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays revenue hours begin from 8 AM and services are available till 10 PM.
The minimum and maximum fares on the Aqua Line are Rs. 10 and Rs. 50 respectively, with slabs of 15, 20, 30 and 40 in between. NMRC has reduced the fares for Aqua Line commuters travelling on Sundays and national holidays (26th January, 15th August and 2nd October). On these days the minimum fare remains Rs. 10 but the maximum fare comes down to Rs. 40 with fare slabs of 15, 20 and 30 in between.
Smart card users get a discount of 10% on every single journey. The 10% discount for Smart Card users is available even for reduced fares on Sundays and National Holidays.
HIGHEST RIDERSHIP / REVENUE IN MAY
The ridership of NMRC reached an all time high of 19, 413 on 27th May 2019 (Monday) with revenue figures also touching an all-time high of Rs. 5, 80 285/-. NMRC has been working tirelessly since the commencement of its operations on 26th January 2019 and has taken various measures to increase ridership. The most important reason behind increase in ridership is improved connectivity between Aqua Line and DMRC’s Blue Line stations. For this NMRC has taken the following measures
NMRC introduced free E rickshaw services for the commuters of Aqua Line at Sector 51 Metro stations and Blue Line at Sector 52 station to interchange between the two networks. This service was introduced by NMRC on 9th March 2019 on the day of commencement of operation of DMRC’s Blue Line extension from Noida City Centre to Noida Electronic City. NMRC has deployed 10 E rickshaws (5 at each station) for this purpose. for the convenience of commuters of both the corridors to interchange between both the networks
NMRC’s Feeder buses are running a total of 11 routes from Aqua Line Metro stations connecting major residential areas, educational institutions, hospitals, government / private offices, etc. Out of these 11 routes, 06 routes are running from Botanical Garden Metro Station (DMRC’s Blue/Magenta Line) providing connectivity to Aqua Line.Routes are as follows:
NMRC is currently plying 50 buses on these 11 routes whose minimum and maximum fares are Rs, 11 and Rs. 53 respectively. The buses are available at a frequency of 30 minutes and timing from 7 AM to 10 PM.
NMRC has also deployed E – rickshaws at nominal fares at various metro stations to provide last mile connectivity to commuters.
NMRC has organised various awareness drives and camps among local RWA’s and residential colonies as well as Corporate Offices, especially Noida Special Economic Zone (NSEZ) to generate awareness regarding the Aqua Line’s connectivity and fare structure. These drives have helped in boosting the ridership of the corridor as more people now look up to the Aqua Line as a safe, comfortable and economical means of public transport.
One tender has been floated Licensing & commercial utilisation of Bare Space, City Bus Control Room (Built Up Space) & Advertisement space on ‘as is where is basis’ in the City Bus Parking at Botanical Garden. Successful Bidder shall have the rights to utilize the said Built Up space & Bare Space for any commercial purpose. Preferably the space may used for opening/operating of eateries, Gift corners, small kiosks, etc
NMRC has entered into an educational tie up with Gautam Buddha University (GBU) for providing theoretical and practical training to its technical students in specific aspects of Metro Rail Engineering. NMRC Officials will provide their expertise by imparting lectures to the students of GBU in specific aspects of Metro Rail Engineering like signalling and telecom, electrical, rolling stock, etc. GBU will also include a course on Metro Rail Engineering in its curriculum.
NMRC will also make available its Depot to GBU to impart practical knowledge to the students in various aspects of the functioning of the Metro Rail System.
P. D. Upadhyay
N. M. R. C