To provide relief to many commuters of Noida & Greater Noida, this summer, UP chief secretary Alok Ranjan has asked Noida to launch an air-conditioned city bus service by June.
- The bus routes should be planned in a way that they connect all Metro stations in the city as well as provide last-mile connectivity to people who depend on public transport.
- The city buses will also connect Greater Noida.
- The buses will be equipped with ultra-modern facilities, like CCTV cameras, Wi-Fi, notification for destinations, and an alarm system for women safety, and there will also be drinking water facilities at all bus stations, he said, while chairing the budget meeting of the Noida Metro Rail Company (NMRC) in Lucknow.
- Reviewing the progress of the 29-km planned Noida-Greater Noida track, Ranjan reiterated the trials for the corridor will kickstart in March/May 2017.
- The NMRC tabled its annual budget of Rs. 2,149 Crore for the financial year 2016-17.
- Explaining the budget equity for the year 2016-17, officials said while Noida’s equity share will be Rs. 1091 Crore, Greater Noida will contribute Rs. 468 Crore towards fundraising.
- The budget also includes Rs. 590 Crore, the first installment of a loan amount (Rs. 1,587 Crore) approved by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) in February this year for the corridor, with an aim at reducing pollution and improving traffic.