Noida Metro's Aqua Line is one of the fastest growing metro routes across NCR. In just a few months of its launch, it has become an integral part of the city and has changed the way we travel in public transport. Now, to make Noida Metro beneficial for the environment as well, all 21 stations under NMRC (Noida Metro Rail Corporation) will be powered by solar power.
As part of the change, NMRC will install rooftop solar panels across its 21 metro stations. These solar panels will ensure that costs are kept marginal and ensure that the NMRC actually ends up saving more on electricity. As per reports, they will save up to 50% on electricity costs, which can be used for improving infrastructure and facilities at stations.
As of now, 9 existing stations under the NMRC have received these solar panels, while work at the other 21 stations in Aqua Line is underway.
Presently, the NMRC is spending ₹6.81 per unit on the electricity that they purchase from the UPPCL (Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited). On the other hand, using the solar panels will enable them to save up to ₹3.56 per unit and ₹4.30 crores annually.
The change in the power consumption will enable the metro to become an eco friendly mode of transport. Since there are so many vehicles and the air in NCR is constantly polluted, this comes as a great benefit to users of the Aqua Line and NMRC metro routes.
In fact, the NMRC has been awarded the Green MRTS Platinum Rating by the Indian Green Building Council under the elevated stations category. A feather in Noida Metro's hat, it brings the metro at par with other more developed stations and intra city rail systems across the country.
It is great to see that the Noida Metro is gaining a lot of recognition as it was due for a while and in just a little while since its inception, it is undergoing major changes that make it a more viable mode of transport.