Aqua Line Metro: Progress staggers, inauguration shifted to 2019

The much awaited Aqua Line metro that is supposed to provide relief to the commuters to and fro from Greater Noida, Noida and Delhi alike, suffers a tiny hiccup in its swift progress.

Also Read: It is confirmed: Noida-Greater Noida Aqua Metro Line to be inaugurated on Jan 25th!

The metro line got a green signal after its safety inspection on 21st this month and was supposed to be inaugurated on 25th by PM Modi, but wasn’t. The line is now expected to be a New Year’s present for the residents.

Aqua Line route

The solar powered metro line of NCR region, will connect the less accessible areas in Noida and Greater Noida to those of Delhi and Gurugram. Aqualine Metro has recently been approved for use after the examinations and test rides by Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC). The delay hence, comes as a sour taste for the commuters who were eagerly waiting for their daily travels to become smoother.

Commuters will also have to change metros several times to reach important stations since the Aqua Line is not linked to any of the major ones directly. The Aqua line metro’s Sector 51 station that falls under NMRC is not connected to Noida City Center metro station that falls under the wing of DMRC, which is hardly 250 meters away. However, areas in Noida such as sector 137, 142, 50, and in Greater Noida, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Delta 1 are among those, that will be connected via the new line.

Another disappointing fact is that the commuters coming in from Delhi to Noida-Greater Noida and vice-versa will have to use different metro cards for their travels through the Delhi Metro Line and the Noida Metro Line. Let’s say someone travelling from Sector 51 metro station (Aqua line: NMRC) through Noida City Center (Blue Line: DMRC) will first take an e-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw or any other form of public transport to change lines and then use a different card during their commute further.

Have you ever been running late to the airport because of the sheer number of bags you have? If your answer is yes, then IGI airport has got you covered. Now, in a new initiative by the DIAL (Delhi International Airport Ltd) you can have your stuff transported to the IGI airport directly from your place of stay.

Delhi International Airport Ltd., the operators of IGI airport have partnered up with a Bengaluru based company called CarterX. In fact, this facility is not limited to be availed by only those taking off from Delhi, it can also be used to get your luggage delivered to your residence when you touchdown at IGI.

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In a bid to make travelling to and from IGI airport easier for passengers, DIAL has undertaken a partnership with CarterX to start a service where a commuter's luggage can be transported to and from the IGI airport directly from their place of residence. This, essentially, is a step towards making checking in to the airport a breeze.

Additionally, if you're short on time and are planning to take the direct metro link to the airport, this is a great way to ensure that you don't have to lug your stuff around.

To avail the service, you will have to pay a fee based on the number, weight and size of the bags. The fee will also take into account distance to and from the airport, meaning the prices are going to be dynamically triggered. At any rate, the base fare is ₹299, which goes up depending on the aforementioned factors. For every 5 kilograms over 20kgs, an additional ₹100 will be charged.

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This is certainly one of the most passenger forward moves we have seen DIAL take. The IGI airport is at par with the best airports in the world and this is something that should take its rating all the way up. DIAL and CarterX have both stated that with this service, they aim to cover the entirety of Delhi, including neighbouring states- Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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