The U.N. World Urbanization Prospects 2018 report states that about 34% of India's population lives in urban areas.(1) The data is significant, considering 1.3 billion of the human population resides in India.(2)
As the second most populated city in India, the current population of Delhi alone is over 1.9 crore(3) while the inhabitants of the NCR region add up to an estimated 400 lakhs.(3)
Consequently, the rapid economic development and the corresponding proliferation of urban ecosystem in the cities compelled the planners and policymakers to adopt innovative solutions for enhancing the region's mobility transportation systems.
To address, this massive influx of population and high velocity of urbanization, the National Capital Region (NCR) - NOIDA, Greater NOIDA, Gurugram, and Faridabad were developed into industrial, commercial and residential hubs, thereby providing a strong impetus to these adjoining regions.
The successful implementation of Delhi Metro and Rail and the subsequent transformational commuting experience of the citizens of Delhi and NCR regions have exceptionally altered the approach towards addressing the growing challenges of urban transportation in India.
NOIDA and Greater NOIDA, the twin NCR cities witnessing vigorous growth in population, urban settlements, industrial and business pursuits, were appropriately propelled with the precedence. Thus, expanding the necessity of traveling comfortably and reaching the last mile destination, envisaged the establishment of NOIDA Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) intending to plan, structure, design, develop, construct, maintain, operate and finance mass transit initiatives aimed at upgrading and enhancing the district's urban transport landscape.
ANSALDO STS Transportation Systems India Pvt. Ltd., (Ansaldo STS) a Hitachi Group Company) avowed for its design & implement solutions and components for rail transport and mobility conferred with the unique project to establish Communication Based Train Control (CBTC)-based Signaling and the Telecommunications system for Noida-Greater Noida Metro Project.
Ansaldo STS accomplished a series of significant firsts in India by Delivering The Aqua Line Metro Rail Project in an unprecedented 28 months schedule. The successful implementation of the project has swiftly emerged as a unifier of the two urban areas cities covering 29.7 kilometers comprising 21 stations(4) from Noida Sector 51 to Delta Depot Station in Greater Noida.
The consistently growing ridership is a testimony to the metro's burgeoning eminence as a safe, smart, and economical mode of urban transport. As an evolving face of urban commuting between NOIDA and Greater NOIDA, the project is facilitating in the reduction of vehicular pollution and density, enabling citizens to commute faster, and subsequently contributing to their productivity.
The successful implementation of Delhi Metro Rail and the succeeding transformational commuting experience of the citizens of Delhi and NCR regions have exceptionally altered the methodology towards addressing the growing challenges of urban mobility and transport In India. Recently, by crossing the 20,000 mark on June 3 2019, the NOIDA Metro Aqua Line registered its highest single-day ridership.(5) This rising trend clearly indicates a paradigm shift in urban commuting in India.
ANSALDO STS Transportation Systems India Pvt. Ltd. is empowering the customers to enhance the network's proficiency and offer a reliable, sustainable, quick yet safe commuting experience to thousands of citizens in the NCR region every day. By leveraging advanced CBTC S&T Technology and globally recognized solutions, it is symbolically contributing to Social Innovation in Urban Mobility.