The much-awaited Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar metro railway line that passes through some of the most congested areas of East Delhi was inaugurated by Union Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday. The line will be thrown open to the public from 6 a.m. on Thursday.

The 6.25 km stretch between Yamuna Bank and Anand Vihar, known as Line 4, is expected to decongest East Delhi roads and offer a comfortable travelling facility to commuters. The service along the densely populated areas will spell relief for commuters as it reduces travel time between Yamuna Bank and Anand Vihar to a mere 11 minutes.

With the opening of the Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar line, the network is now spread across 96 km with 83 stations. By September when the Inderlok-Mundka, the Central Secretariat- HUDA City Centre, the New Delhi-Dwarka Sector 21 and the Central Secretariat-Badarpur lines become functional, the network will increase to 190 km.

The Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar line is the fourth line of the Delhi Metro network. The line will draw commuters from the densely populated areas of East Delhi and also cater to the commuters coming to Delhi from neighbouring UP.

The estimated daily traffic projected for this line in 2011 is 1,03,450 people. The fully-elevated 6.25 km long stretch has five stations -- Laxmi Nagar, Nirman Vihar, Preet Vihar, Karkardooma and Anand Vihar. DMRC has constructed two foot over-bridges at the Laxmi Nagar and Nirman Vihar stations, both the stations are situated on the busy Vikas Marg. The bridges have been constructed to provide commuters easy access to metro stations as well as help them to cross the road through unpaid area of the stations.

Parking facilities will be available at Karkardooma, Anand Vihar and Yamuna Bank stations. At Karkardooma, surface parking area of about 3,500 sq. m. and basement parking of about 1,500 sq. m is available. DMRC officials said about 8,000 sq. m of temporary parking space from the transport department of the Delhi Government has been procured for the Anand Vihar station, of which 4,000 sq. m has already been developed and the rest is likely to be made ready in 10 days. Almost 7,000 sq.m of parking space is available at Yamuna Bank and can accommodate up to 500 vehicles.

Anticipating a heavy rush of passengers on this line and taking cognisance of the crowded coaches on several other routes including the Dwarka-Noida corridor and the Central Secretariat-Jehangirpuri stretch, the DMRC will soon add more coaches to the existing trains.

DMRC Managing Director E. Sreedharan said from May onwards trains on all lines will have six coaches. He said the DMRC had placed orders for 83 new metro trains, of which 16 have already been received. Every 10 days a new metro train is added into the system and pressed into service, he added.

Referring to the upcoming metro lines, Mr. Sreedharan said the Inderlok-Mundka line will be opened in February and the line to Gurgaon will be opened by May. The other lines of the Delhi Metro’s Phase II will be completed and opened before the Commonwealth Games, he said.

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