NOIDA: The State Road Transport Corporation from Uttar Pradesh, most commonly known as UPSRTC are more than willing to assist the individuals wanting to go to Noida or Ghaziabad from India Gandhi International Airport in Delhi but at a very heavy cost. The corporation will be charging the passengers around 10,000 rupees to go anywhere from the Delhi airport within a 250 km radius.
As many individuals are stranded at various places and trying their best to reach home as the novel coronavirus pandemic has led to a national lockdown, the minimum cost of booking a taxi has gone up to rupees 10,000 for sedans and 12,000 for an SUV by the UPSRTC. Additional charges will be applied if the distance is beyond 250 km. As far as bus transportation is concerned, a non-AC Bus seat is going out at the cost of rupees 1000 while a seat in the AC Bus is for Rs. 1,320 within 100 km distance.
A letter was also issued by Raj Shekhar, the managing director UPSRTC on 9 May 2020 to the regional managers in the areas of Noida and Ghaziabad. The letter said that the residents coming from foreign countries to the airport under the Vande Bharat Mission will be assisted with travelling facilities. The letter read, "The corporation will provide buses and taxis at the airport. Those people who would be cleared by the Delhi government to travel and have no symptoms of Covid-19 can avail of this service."
“Each additional kilometre would cost Rs 40. Booking an SUV would cost Rs 12,000 for first 250km and Rs 50 for each additional kilometre,” it said. Besides the driver, only two persons can sit in the taxi," the letter further added.
The regional manager of UPSRTC from Ghaziabad, AK Singh stated, "At present, we engage our buses to ferry passengers from Delhi airport to different hotels and quarantine centres in Delhi. We have received the order from the headquarters to ferry returnees in buses and taxis. They will be transported as per the directions of the Delhi government and Ghaziabad administration."