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Another feat: A Metro train chugs in at Yamuna Bank station in the Capital which was thrown open to public on Sunday.
Another feat: A Metro train chugs in at Yamuna Bank station in the Capital which was thrown open to public on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Yamuna Bank station of Delhi metro thrown open to public on Sunday

NEW DELHI: Making the most of the good weather and the weekend holiday, a steady stream of people made their way to the brand new Yamuna Bank station of the Delhi metro rail that was thrown open to the public on Sunday.

Spelling an end to the woes of East Delhi commuters, this 2.1 km section is an extension of Indraprastha- Dwarka line. One kilometre of this stretch is at the surface level while 1.1 km is elevated. This section was due to open along with the Indraprastha-Noida corridor later this year but has now been opened five months ahead of schedule.

“I extended my stay at a relative’s place in Mayur Vihar by a day so that I could return to my house in Ramesh Nagar by taking the metro from the new Yamuna Bank station on Sunday. It was fully worth as the new station has nearly halved both my travel time and cost,” said Sushma Arora.

A commuter from Urja Vihar, Sushil Kumar, added: “I am very satisfied with the new station but I hope some public conveyance is made available to reach the station. The feeder bus service is unreliable and I ended up waiting for it for over 45 minutes this afternoon.”

The new station is an important inter-change station as the Anand Vihar ISBT corridor and the Noida corridor would diverge from this point. It is connected to the Indraprastha metro station by a new bridge built on the Yamuna. The bridge, which is 698.8 m in length, is located close to the ITO bridge.

The station would cater to commuters staying in colonies like Patparganj, Mayur Vihar and Laxmi Nagar who earlier had to travel up to Indraprastha or Shastri Park station to catch the metro train.

Neeraj Bhatia, a resident of Mayur Vihar, said: “Earlier I had to travel to the Shastri Park metro station but now this station is just a few minutes away from my house. For the past 25 years in Delhi I have seen this area remain neglected but the new station has suddenly injected life into the place that everyone wants to come here now.”

The station is also expected to ease the pressure on Line-1(Dilshad Garden-Rithala) as passengers from East Delhi can go to Yamuna Bank rather than interchange at Kashmere Gate and Rajiv Chowk to reach Line 3.

Moreover, the opening of this station is likely to reduce road traffic on the two main bridges, Nizamuddin and ITO, connecting East Delhi with the rest of the city as both these bridges are major bottleneck points, especially during the peak hours.

The DMRC has built a parking area of 5,200 sq. m, which can accommodate up to 400 cars, at the new station. In addition, two new feeder bus services have become operational from the station on Sunday.

DMRC Managing Director Dr. E. Sreedharan was present at the opening of the new station.

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