The Aqua line of Delhi Metro will have a new ticketing system. Noida’s Aqua Line will incorporate a separate ticketing system and a security setup. This means that the customers who have a Delhi Metro card to travel anywhere in Delhi Metro, can’t use the same for Aqua line. Besides, it also has been reported that Aqua line won’t be having any interchange station between the Sector 72 station and the Sector 52 station on the Blue Line extension in Noida initially.
The interchange between Aqua and Blue line may face some hiccups. It has also come to light that tickets and cards that have been issued by NMRC for the Aqua Line will not be valid on the blue line and vice versa. In effect, those traveling from Delhi to Greater Noida will have to buy separate tickets for both lines.
The NMRC would opt for an open card system, which means the metro card will double up to serve as a cash card as well. The Aqua Line metro card can also be used in a taxi, bus or even a mall, according to PD Upadhyay, executive director, NMRC.
The Noida-Greater Noida Metro (Aqua Line) is scheduled to be opened for public by October as the final trial is taking place over the entire 29.8-km stretch. This link will connect Noida sector 71 to Delta 1 Metro station in Greater Noida.
The stations on the entire stretch as well as the coaches will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has also focused a lot over the beautification of stations, including artistic designs, mural paintings, sculptures, among others.
Apart from this, all the stations will also have a multi-nodal traffic integration plan. According to this plan, designated spaces for parking of buses, taxis, e-rickshaws and even a vendor zone at all stations will be provided. A City One card, in collaboration with the State Bank of India, will also be issued to commuters. This is a multi-wallet card that will be applicable in the Metro, parking area, buses and even for payment of Noida and Greater Noida utility services.