City bus service set to resume in Noida

The city’s bus service which was halted during the Covid-19 pandemic is set to resume as the Noida authority has started looking for a company to run the facility, officials said on Wednesday.

The city’s bus service which was halted during the Covid-19 pandemic is set to resume as the Noida authority has started looking for a company to run the facility, officials said on Wednesday.

The city bus service, which includes minibuses, will bridge the last-mile connectivity gap between metro stations and residential, industrial and other areas of the city. “We are likely to be tendering the bus service within a week so that we can engage an agency to start the installation. If all goes as planned and the agencies bid for the tender, the city bus service can start in August,” said Ritu Maheshwari, Chief Executive of Noida Authority and Chief Executive of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) who run this service.

The NMRC is studying the possibility of including motorbikes or taxis with the minibuses. Officials familiar with the matter said the NMRC had accelerated work to finalize the terms and conditions of the tender.

According to officials, in March 2020 the NMRC had to halt city bus service – which included a fleet of 50 minibuses – due to pandemic restrictions.

The bus service previously catered to commuters on 11 routes covering key routes such as Master Plan 1, Master Plan 2, Master Plan 3, Noida Expressway, Dadri Road, Greater Noida West and Knowledge Park which is the hub of educational institutions and Delhi-Noida Link Road among others.

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