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November 12, 2009

Delhi CM flags off Metro for Noida

     New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flagged off the first metro service from the Yamuna Bank metro station in Delhi to Noida in Uttar Pradesh (UP) on Thursday. The flagging off ceremony took place in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and DMRC managing director E. Sreedharan. This is another feather in the DMRC's cap. The Yamuna Bank- Noida route will be unlocked for passengers from tomorrow. The DMRC aspires to add 53,000 new passengers each day on this route. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati was to open the first train from the Sector 32 metro station in Noida later in the afternoon. The Yamuna bank to Noida Sector 32 metro line is 13.1 kilometers long and has eleven stations. This metro line will be open from 6 am tomorrow. On Wednesday, the DMRC hiked its minimum fare from six rupees to eight rupees, while the maximum to 30 rupees, instead of 22 rupees. The new fares will also come into effect from tomorrow. According to the DMRC, the average increase in fare for all slabs is around 36 per cent. The DMRC also clarified that the 10 per cent discount on smart card will continue. This is the third time that the DMRC has revised fares after starting the metro service in 2002. The first one was in March 2004, while the second revision took place in December 2005.
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