Noida (UP): Aqua Line metro trains will be available every 7.30 minutes during rush hour and every 10th minute during non-rush hours on weekdays from June 3, its operator Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) announced Saturday.At present the trains ply at an interval of 10 minutes during peak hours (8 am-11 pm and 5 pm 8 pm) and 15 minutes during non-peak hours Monday to Friday, the NMRC said. “NMRC will be increasing the frequency of the metro trains on the Aqua Line on weekdays with effect from June 3 (Monday). Trains on the Aqua Line will now ply at a frequency of 7 minutes 30 seconds during peak hours and 10 minutes during non-peak hours on weekdays i.e. Monday to Friday,” NMRC Executive Director P D Upadhyay said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”On Saturdays and Sundays, the frequency is currently 15 minutes and will continue to remain the same,” he added. The Aqua Line, which connects Noida and Greater Noida, is currently running 163 trips a day with a fleet of 10 trains. With the increase in frequency, the number of trains will increase to 13 and the number of trips per day will increase to 221, Upadhyay said. “There will be a total increase of 58 train trips per day during weekdays,” Upadhyay said, adding the NMRC has maintained a punctuality of 99.99 per cent since the first day of operations on January 26 this year. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe Aqua Line operates from 6 am to 10 PM from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays revenue hours begin from 8 am and services are available till 10 pm, the NMRC said. Built for Rs 5,503 crore, the Aqua Line was launched on January 25 this year and connects the twin-cities in western Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district, running over 29.7 km via 21 metro stations. The average daily ridership of the Aqua Line at the end of May stood at 13,317, according to the NMRC.
The Council members paid tribute to the Afghan people and their leaders “for such a large and peaceful gathering so soon after the interim administration took office,” the President of the 15-member body, Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe of Syria, said in a press statement.The council also stressed the importance of the work of the UN, particularly Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, and the efforts of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in helping to ensure a secure environment in which the Loya Jirga could take place.The statement came after the Council was briefed in an open meeting by a senior UN official on the recently concluded Loya Jirga. The meeting was chaired by Farouk Al-Sharra, Syria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast, told the Council that the nine-day Loya Jirga could be described as a success for three reasons: the fact that it was held at all; that it accomplished what it was mandated to do under the Bonn Agreement, and above all, that Afghans “were able to gather together peacefully, debate heatedly, yet ultimately agree on fundamental questions regarding their common political future.”Mr. Prendergast also pointed out that an obvious disappointment was the inability of the Loya Jirga to agree to a formula for selecting a legislature. However, overlooked in the highly publicized disputes and bitterness of that issue, was an encouraging reformist vision presented by Mr. Karzai. In his acceptance speech on 13 June, the President had made proposals concerning national commissions on national defence, national security, foreign investment and return of property. His vision included a lean government structure focusing on the people rather than maintaining a heavy bureaucracy.As for the security situation, Mr. Prendergast noted that it had deteriorated in some parts of Afghanistan and asked the Council “to again consider the possibility of a limited expansion of the International Security Assistance Force to areas outside Kabul.”