The Noida-Greater Noida Metro set a new record with a maximum one-day ridership of 33,352 passengers after the Kovid outbreak on Wednesday. In May, the Aqua Line achieved its highest daily average ridership with about 28,000 passengers, according to Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) officials. Metro services on the Aqua Line, which connects the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida in western Gautam Buddha Nagar district, were closed for a month during last year’s second epidemic, a PTI report said. In June 2021, the Noida Metro service was re-launched for passengers, with more than 2,300 passengers on the first day. The Noida Metro was also closed to passengers during the first wave in 2020.
Ritu Maheshwari, managing director of NMRC, was quoted in the report as saying that on May 18, 2022, 33,352 passenger rideships were recorded, the highest ridership since the Covid lockdown. Maheshwari said the average daily ridership has almost doubled in the last four months. In 2022, the monthly average daily passenger numbers stood at 13,124 in January, 18,482 in February, 23,266 in March and 26,162 in April, the MD said. The daily average ridership in May was 26,938 (as of May 18, 2022), he added.
According to Maheshwari, this is the highest daily average number of passengers for any month since the launch of the commercial Aqua Line service i.e. January 2019. Operated by Noida Metro Rail Corporation, the Aqua Line runs more than 29.7 kilometers through 21 metro stations in Noida. Greater Noida Sector 51 Metro Station and Depot Station. According to NMRC officials, it was built at a cost of Rs 5,503 crore and was opened to the public in January 2019. Currently, the Aqua Line carries an average of 16,000 passengers per day. Metro Rail has, to date, carried a maximum one-day ridership of 39,451 passengers on September 19, 2019, NMRC officials said.