Smriti Kak Ramachandran
NEW DELHI: The first standard gauge metro rail line in the country, the Inderlok-Mundka section of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will also be the first line to connect two independent lines of the metro’s existing network.
Once operational, the line, also called the Green Line, will help long-distance commuters who travel from one end of the city to another save on time, distance and money.
“The line will be a major relief for commuters who travel across lines. For instance for someone travelling between Dwarka and Pitampura or beyond, the Inderlok-Mundka section will reduce the travel time by about 45 minutes and cut down the distance by almost 12 stations. Which in turn will help them save money as well,” said a Delhi Metro official.
With Inderlok being an important interchange section, commuters who travel from Dwarka and go towards Pitampura will not have to get off at Rajiv Chowk and then take a train to Kashmere Gate and finally from there get on to the Red Line to Rithala; they can simply travel up to Inderlok and then take the Red Line. The section will offer a connection with Line 1 at Inderlok and with Line 3 at Kirti Nagar.
The line, which is expected to become operational by the first week of March, has been assigned 17 trains. “Since this is the first ever standard gauge line, we have made all arrangements for the trains to be available. As of now we need just 10-12 trains to maintain a frequency of five minutes, but we already have 17, so this line will not have crowded trains and agitated passengers,” the official said.
Another first for this line is that the trial runs along various sections of the line were conducted as soon as construction work got over. This section also boasts longer spans. As against the usual 20-30 metres, the spans on this segment at various places are as much as 70 metres. “Special spans are a highlight of this section. There is a 75-metre span crossing over five tracks of Northern Railway near Rampura, a 45-metre steel span for the Kirti Nagar link over Najafgarh drain, a 75-metre span over Punjabi Bagh flyover and a 60-metre span over Peeragarhi flyover and Nangloi drain,” the official said.
The Inderlok-Mundka section with 14 stations is completely elevated and covers 15 km. The 14 stations are: Inderlok, Ashok Park Main, Punjabi Bagh East, Shivaji Park, Madipur, Paschim Vihar East, Paschim Vihar West, Peera Garhi, Udyog Nagar, Surajmal Stadium, Nangloi, Nangloi railway station, Rajdhani Park and Mundka. All the stations have side platforms except New Inderlok station which has an island platform.