The Noida-Greater Noida Metro opened for the public on Saturday after the much-awaited inauguration on Friday. It witnessed a total ridership of 11,625 passengers on day one, a Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) official said. The real test will take place on Monday, the first official working day since its inauguration.
The Aqua Line was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on but was opened for the public only on Republic Day, with curtailed timings from 10 am to 5 pm, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said.
"Total ridership on the metro line stood at 11,625, with the highest number of passengers boarding from Pari Chowk and Depot Stations (also the terminus station at one end) in Greater Noida," NMRC Executive Director P D Upadhyay said as quoted by PTI. "Overall 266 smart cards and 11,440 QR-coded paper tickets were purchased by the passengers on day one," he said.
The sales of cards and tickets fetched the NMRC Rs 3.60 lakh, Upadhyay said, adding that if top-up values in smart cards are included then the amount goes up to Rs 4.43 lakh.
The Metro card that can be used for NMRC-run city buses, parkings and online shopping and was being sold for Rs 100. This is in line with the central government's initiative of national common mobility card.
"Total 64 trips were made by the metros between the two terminus stations of Depot (in Greater Noida) and Sector 51 (in Noida), covering a distance of 1,906 km," Upadhyay said.
According to the NMRC, the highest ridership was witnessed at Pari Chowk, Alpha, Depot, and Delta stations in Greater Noida, and Sectors 51, 137, 76, 101 and 50 stations. The lowest ridership was recorded at Noida's Sector 147, 146 and 144 metro stations, it said.