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DMRC completes 16 years today

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director Mangu Singh inaugurated an exhibition at the Rajiv Chowk metro station in New Delhi on Monday. DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal is also seen.   | Photo Credit: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety’s inspection of the Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar-1 corridor on the Pink Line took place on Monday, the eve of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s 16th anniversary.

The DMRC, which is now nearing completion of its phase-III network, first started passenger operations on a segment of the Red Line on December 25, 2002.

‘Satisfying experience’

While inaugurating an exhibition to mark the DMRC’s 16th anniversary, its Managing Director Mangu Singh said, “From an 8.5-km stretch in 2002, the network is now above 300 km. Once the remaining corridors are opened, the network will expand to approximately 390 km. The expansion and successive lines and corridors have proved to be a satisfying experience.”

Passenger safety

Mr. Singh added, “We have never compromised on passenger safety. There are times when trains are run at slower speed but that is purely keeping in mind the safety aspect. We have been very cautious and have used our phase-I experiences for the subsequent phases.”

While the exhibition at Rajiv Chowk metro station will be on till December 31, DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said seven lakh tokens are used by commuters on a daily basis. “The highest ridership we have recorded is 34 lakh on a single day,” said Mr. Dayal.

This year, the DMRC opened several stretches of the phase-III network, including Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus-Lajpat Nagar, Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West and Bahadurgarh-Mundka corridors.

While the Delhi government has approved the phase-IV network, the DMRC is yet to complete over 60 km of the phase-III network.

However, officials added that the “remaining corridors should be ready for passenger operations by end of this year itself”.

Land issues

Even after the Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 section become operational, Pink Line will not be fully functional due land issues between Trilokpuri and Mayur Vihar.

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