New Delhi: Good news for those who frequently use Delhi Metro service, take a note of this! In an effort to control severe air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is taking a big step. Keeping in view the worsening air quality in Delhi-NCR, the DMRC has introduced 21 additional trains on its network. The services of additional metro trains started October 31 onwards, providing 812 additional trips. It includes 14 metro trains with 730 trips on newly introduced Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake section of Pink Line
The Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section of Delhi Metro Pink Line was flagged off on 31st October 2018 by Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, National Capital Territory of Delhi along with Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs, via remote from Metro Bhawan. The 17.8 km long Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section is entirely elevated and covers 15 metro stations, including 3 interchange stations- Welcome metro station for Red Line, while Karkarduma and Anand Vihar ISBT metro stations for Blue Line. With Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake section, metro users will be connected to many northeast areas of the national capital such as Gokulpuri, Jaffrabad, Johri Enclave and Maujpur.
Meanwhile, another section of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line, linking Lajpat Nagar to Mayur Vihar I metro stations is likely to begin soon as well. The Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar I section is 9.7 km long and it will cover five metro stations. With the commencement of this section, many locations across South Delhi such as Moti Bagh, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, South Extension, Vinoba Puri, Ashram etc. will get direct connectivity with the eastern part of the national capital.
With these additional train services, the Delhi Metro, for the first time in history, will be running 4831 trips in a day. This is the highest ever so far.
The move aims to ensure smooth public transport and reduce reliance on private vehicles. Vehicular pollution and number of vehicles on road has been a perennial cause of concern in Delhi.