New Delhi, Jul 27: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will make the Pink Line operational from Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus to Lajpat Nagar soon. The 8.10-km-long South Campus-Lajpat Nagar section of the Pink Line is expected to open early next month, in August.
The first corridor of the Pink Line, spanning over 20 km, from Majlis Park to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus, was opened on March 14, connecting north and south campuses of the Delhi University on the DMRC network for the first time.
The 59-km-long network spans from Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar and all the remaining stations will be covered in the next two months, a DMRC official said on Friday.
Barring a small segment near Trilokpuri in east Delhi, which is mired by a land-related dispute, the rest of the network would be opened in two phases by September, Executive Director, Corporate Communications at the DMRC, Anuj Dayal said.
Notably, the Shiv Vihar-Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 would be opened in August while the Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar- Ph 1 is set to be opened by September.
All You Need to Know About Delhi Metro Pink Line:
- The 8.10-km-long section of Delhi Metro Pink Line from South Campus to Lajpat Nagar is expected to open early next month.
- The South Campus-Lajpat Nagar is all set to emerge as a corridor for shoppers as four major markets of the city will be connected in one stretch of the network that will also cut travel time for commuters by up to 20 minutes.
- This soon-to-be-opened section has six stations, including interchange facilities at INA (with Yellow Line) and Lajpat Nagar (Violet Line).
- The new stations are — Sir Vishveshariah Moti Bagh, Bhikhaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar. Only Sir Vishveshariah Moti Bagh station is elevated, rest all are underground.
- This new section would also shrink travel time for commuters by up to 20 minutes.
- The Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus-Shiv Vihar stretch measures about 28.93 km.
With the opening of this second section — expected soon — the operational span of the Pink Line from Majlis Park to Lajpat Nagar will become 29.66 km and the entire operational span of the DMRC will reach 296 km with 214 stations.
“About 98 km of span of Ph-III of the DMRC is currently operational and after the opening of the second section of Pink Line, it will reach about 106 km,” according to data shared by the DMRC.
The total operational span of the Delhi Metro network, including in the NCR, will expand to over 350 km after completion of its Phase-III project, which would also enhance the daily average ridership of the mass rapid transit system to nearly 40 lakh, a survey said.
The DMRC has already made forays in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh with networks extending up to Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.
According to the data shared by the DMRC, the corridors awaiting opening are — Noida City Centre-Electronic City (6.6 km), Dwarka-Najafgarh (4.2 km), Escorts Mujesar-Ballabgarh (3.2 km) and Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda (9.6 km).