To make travel within the city easier, the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has now extended its services to cater to residential sectors in Greater Noida. Twenty buses that picked up passengers only from Pari Chowk to go to Noida or Delhi, will now circulate within residential and internal sectors across the city.

Passengers, who earlier needed to come from their homes or offices to Pari Chowk to catch a bus to Noida or Delhi, can now get a bus from near their homes. To begin with, buses will go to areas like Sector P-3 near the Senior Citizens Society, P-7 near Judges Colony, Jalvayu Vihar, Amity Chowk, Jagat Farms and Knowledge Park.

“Till now, residents who wished to go to Delhi or Noida from areas like the Greater Noida Authority, Amity Chowk and Senior Citizens’ Society had to first come to Pari Chowk to catch a bus since there was no direct route to the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. However, now, the buses pick them up from near their residences or place of work, saving them time and effort,” said K K Sharma, UPSRTC assistant regional manager for the Greater Noida region.

“A total of 20 buses have been assigned for the new route but for now, we are running 15 buses. According to the new route, these buses do not need to touch Pari Chowk anymore. Instead, after picking up the passengers from their designated sectors, they will go to the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway via the underpass near Yamuna Expressway Authority,” said an official.

According to UPSRTC officials, the new service has received an “encouraging feedback” from the public and they will soon add more buses to the new schedule to cater to all the major sectors in the city.

However, many residents are complaining that because buses have been assigned new routes, passengers at Pari Chowk are forced to wait for over half an hour for UPSRTC buses to go to Noida. Residents complain that while the UPSRTC buses have never actually stuck to a schedule, since last week, the frequency of buses has drastically reduced.

Sharma though, claims that this problem is temporary one. “The new schedule is not well advertised so many residents still wait at Pari Chowk. Besides, a total of 69 UPSRTC buses ply between Noida and Greater Noida at an interval of 12 minutes,” he said.


Source :  Times of India Article

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