New Delhi: This December, Delhi Metro is going to open its first section of the Pink Line(Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar), a 20.6km-long corridor, which will function like an arc connecting north, northwest, west and south Delhi. The remaining stretch of 58.5km will be commissioned by March next year.
While the existing Metro corridors have been designed as radials spread across Delhi NCR, the Pink Line has been conceptualised as a large ring that will connect all these corridors. The Majlis Park to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus section is one part of the ring, which will begin from north Delhi and on its way down to south Delhi, connect areas in northwest and west Delhi.
“The trial runs between Shakurpur and Mayapuri stations are in progress. It will be extended to Majlis Park from Shakurpur station to Durgabhai Deshmukh South Campus station from Mayapuri in the next two months,” said a DMRC spokesperson.
The number of interchange stations in the Metro network will go up to 27 once the Phase-III project is completed and both the Pink Line and Magenta Line (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden) become operational.
Starting from Majlis Park, there will be an interchange at Azadpur, which will connect with the Yellow Line (Samaypur Badli-HUDA City Centre). The next interchange station at Netaji Subhash Place will connect the Red Line (Rithala-Dilshad Garden) and the Rajouri Garden stop will link the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21-Noida City Centre/ Vaishali).
The last interchange will be between Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus and Dhaula Kuan station of the Airport Express Line. The two stations are located 1km away, which will be connected with a walkway that will have walkators.
Currently, the Airport Express Line sees a daily ridership of 50,000 commuters, which DMRC believes will go up substantially after the Pink Line opens.
While the Pink Line was envisaged as a ring connecting all parts of the city, difficulties in acquiring land at Trilokpuri created a missing link of 1.52km. This would mean that the trains coming from Majlis Park will have to reverse from Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 station and trains coming from Shiv Vihar will have to reverse from Trilokpuri station.
“The sections from Durgabhai Deshmukh South Campus station to Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 and Shiv Vihar to Trilokpuri station are expected to be ready for trial runs by the end of this year,” the spokesperson said.