Delhi: The much awaited Pink Line metro stretch would soon be made operational by next month as per sources from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). If all goes well, by the end of this year the entire 59km stretch will be open for public.
The second phase, the Delhi Metro stretch that will open shortly will be connecting popular shopping centers like the South Extenstion, Sarojni Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and INA.
In March the first stretch starting from Majlis Park to South Campus was opened for public this year. Now the second stretch from South Campus to Lajpat Nagar is expected to open by first week of August. The third stretch from Lajpat Nagar to Shiv Vihar is likely to be made operational in two instalments owing to land acquisition issues with Trilokpuri section, added the source.
As per the current situation around 21.56 km is already functional. The next 8.1 km stretch to be opened next month. That will make it approximately 29 km by August which will leave another 30 km to be made operational by the end of the year.
Inspection is on for the 8.1km stretch by the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). Once the authorities receive a clearance, the line will be made operational by August.
As per the plan Lajpat Nagar Station will be the interchange station for the Violet Line. On the other hand INA will be the interchange station for the Yellow Line.
The construction work between the Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 and Trilokpuri stations has been held up owing to land acquisition problems. The DMRC has been working out a plan to rehabilitate over 100 families in Trilokpuri area.
Taking stock of other development the Lajpat Nagar to Mayur Vihar stretch (15 km) is expected to be made operational within two months. At present trial runs are on shared the source.
DMRC’s longest corridor is the 59km Pink Line that starts from from Majlis Park in the north to Shiv Vihar in north-east. The first corridor of the Pink Line, from Majlis Park to South Campus was made operational on March 14 – connecting north and south campuses of the Delhi University on the Delhi Metro system for the first time. Subsequent to the inauguration of the Majlis Park to Lajpat Nagar section, the entire length of DMRC’s network will be totalling to 296 kilometers.