Delhi-Noida residents still await Aqua Line Metro’s inauguration and launch dates

The much awaited Noida-Greater Noida connectivity project, Aqua Line Metro, has the residents of Delhi NCR much exited and full with anticipation as it is supposed to make the commute much less taxing.

The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC)’s metro line which was supposed to be a New Year’s gift for the daily commuters of Delhi NCR, has been stalled for quite some time now and the travelers are getting impatient by the minute.

Aqua Line that is connecting the mainlands of Noida to Greater Noida has already been certified and approved in its test runs, the stations are ready, the staff is in place and yet the launch is being stalled.

People who commute to these places daily, taking private cabs and renting the ‘Vikram’ autos, have been expecting a respite from the exhausting and often expensive commute. But the delay doesn’t seem to give way to the expectation of these travellers. The solar powered metro line is NMRC’s independent and ambitious undertaking that was supposed to be a wild card for the state and the central ministry, which is why it was expected to be inaugurated by PM Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath together.

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Apart from the delay, another disappointing fact is that the commuters will also have to change metro lines 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 71 station that falls under NMRC is not connected to Sector 51 metro station that falls under the wing of DMRC and both of them are hardly 500 meters away.

Plus 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.

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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