By Accommodation Times Bureau
The Dugabai Deshmukh South campus-Lajpat Nagar section of Delhi Metro was inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister for Urban and Housing Development Hardeep Singh Puri jointly. The new section has six stations out of which four are major shopping destinations.
Sir Vishveshwaraiah Moti Bagh is an elevated station and rest(Bikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar) are underground stations. This is for the first time that major markets in the capital are connected through the same route on the Delhi metro map.
As the new section of line 7 of Delhi Metro is inaugurated, the total network of Delhi Metro has grown to over 296 Km and the total number of stations has increased to 214.
“The Phase-3 has been completed in seven years, which took half the time it took for completion of Phase-1 and Phase-2. The credit for this goes to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC),” Puri said.
Puri while adding that work is underway on another 620 km network throughout the nation said, “I have been told that our metro rail network has already crossed 500 km mark, out of which 300 km has been completed with the cooperation of Japan and JICA.’’
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also present at the occasion and quoted by the press saying that four major shopping destinations are now connected on one line and will help in solving parking problems in the busy areas.
The new section is 8.10 km long and interchange facility at INA for yellow and Lajpat Nagar for a violet line.
The stretch is part of the 59 km long pink line which connects Majlis Park in Delhi with Shiv Vihar in Ghaziabad under the Phase-3 network of DMRC. The total network of phase-3 after the opening of this section has increased to 106 km., DMRC said.
The first corridor of the pink line was opened on March 14, 2018, from Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar. It connected North and South campuses of Delhi University on the Delhi Metro network for the first time.
The officials said total 23 train sets will be used for service with a frequency of 5 minutes 12 seconds during peak hours and 5 minutes 45 seconds during non-peak hours.