Date of Post: 14 Dec, 2018
New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is likely to start operating 3 new corridors by the end of this year. The combined length of the corridors of nearly 50 km will finally mark the completion of Delhi Metro’s Phase-3 project, according to reports.
The 3 corridors are-
- Lajpat Nagar to Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 of the Pink Line (9.7 km)
- Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda extension of the Red Line (9.4 km)
- 29.7-km long Noida-Greater Noida (Aqua Line) metro corridor of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC)
- The DMRC already started test runs on this 9.7 km stretch between Lajpat Nagar and Mayur Vihar Pocket-1.
- This stretch, which will be a continuation of the presently operational Majlis Park – Lajpat Nagar section.
- It will be a major boon for the commuters of prominent areas like Ashram, Mayur Vihar etc.
- The Hazrat Nizamuddin Metro station on this stretch will connect the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station as well as the Inter State Bus Terminal at Sarai Kale Khan.
- It will also have an interchange section at Mayur Vihar I that will connect the Pink and Blue lines.
- The 9.41 km long Dilshad Garden – New Bus Adda corridor is an extension of the presently operational Dilshad Garden – Rithala corridor (Line 1).
- This entirely elevated section will comprise of 08 stations namely; Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and New Bus Adda.
- This would be the second Metro Line in Ghaziabad after Vaishali and the first metro link connecting the interiors of Ghaziabad.
- After opening of this 9.41 kms long section, the entire Red Line will become 34.50 kms in length.
- The soon to be opened Aqua Line would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida, covering 29.7 km through 21 stations.
- The infrastructure work on the Aqua Line, whose construction started in May 2015, has been completed and is currently under inspection by the CMRS (commissioner of Metro Rail Safety).
- The NMRC has inked a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the DMRC to oversee the maintenance & operations of the Metro corridor for initial years.
- According to the NMRC, a total of 11 trains are required to start the commercial operations immediately.
- The Aqua line will have 19 rakes with 4 cars each.
Currently, trial runs are taking place for all these 3 corridors. The DMRC will soon invite the CMRS to inspect the lines.
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