New Delhi: The much-awaited Aqua line metro connecting Noida with Greater Noida in Gautam Buddh Nagar was inaugurated on Friday by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The metro rail is open for public use now. Aqua Line would run between Sector 51 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida. There are a total of 21 stations on the corridor – 15 of them in Noida and six in Greater Noida covering 29.7 km distance.

While inaugurating the metro line, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said, “Today we dedicate the Noida Greater Noida metro rail to the people of the region. The Aqua Line, which has been completed in record time, will provide better connectivity to the region and prove to a milestone in the development of the region.”

The final and mandatory safety inspection of the corridor was done in December 2018 by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). CMRS also approved the launch of Noida Metro Rail Corporation’s (NMRC) commercial operations. Moreover, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is said to help the NMRC operate the Aqua Line over the next year.

The Aqua line will have 19 rakes with four cars each. The metro rail will halt at Sector 76, 101, 81, NSEZ, Noida Sector 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, and Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park II, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Delta 1, GNIDA Office and Depot metro stations.

Notably, Sector 52 metro station of the DMRC-operated Blue Line, will be extended to the Noida Electronic City station. Therefore commuters using the blue line will have to get down at sector 52 to reach the Noida Sector 51 station of the Aqua Line, that is spread over 300 metres.

The NMRC had in December 2018 announced fares for the Aqua Line, with the minimum being Rs 9 and the maximum Rs 50. Commuters can buy QR-coded paper tickets or use the smart cards to get 10 per cent discount on fares, the officials said.

The 49th battalion of the UP PAC has been entrusted with the responsibility of security on the Aqua Line, while some private security personnel will also be deployed.

“The security personnel are being trained by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the Delhi Metro,” the NMRC had said.

The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph, clocking an average speed of 37.5 kmph. Seat reservation through different colours has been done in the coaches for ladies, senior citizens and differently-abled persons.

A dedicated space has been provided for wheelchair in driving trailer cars at both the ends of the trains, according to officials.

The Aqua Line, whose construction started in May 2015 and was completed in record time.

(With PTI inputs)