New Delhi: Hundreds of passers-by thronged the Noida City Centre Metro station on Thursday afternoon and even moved on to Metro tracks posing serious doubts on security issues, barely an hour after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati flagged off the Metro's Noida link.
Looking jubilant and waving at the TV cameras, people teemed the Metro platform and jumped over the tracks--a dangerous violation of security measures - even as security personnel helplessly stood by trying to control the jostling crowds.
The Noida section of the Delhi Metro, although inaugurated on Thursday, will open to public and become functional Friday on.
"People were curious as Metro services were not functioning Thursday. They came near the Metro station and tracks but were dispersed off immediately," said an official of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
However, the situation posed serious security doubts despite the assurances given by the Delhi Metro chief E. Sreedharan earlier in the day.
Sreedharan said that the security on the extended Metro link will be taken care of by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), just like it does in Delhi.
Mayawati’s Noida dream
The Delhi Metro crossed the city limits for the first time on Thursday when it rolled into Noida in adjoining Uttar Pradesh, where Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati announced plans to extend the line to Greater Noida and service the proposed airport and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the area.
"Our government is trying to extend Metro rail services to the rest of the state, starting with Greater Noida and the remaining parts of Noida. We also want to connect the proposed airport at Javer with the Metro," said Mayawati.
"Thanks to this service, Noida will be counted amongst the world's technically advanced cities and this will impact the development of Noida and Greater Noida," she said.