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Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar corridor opens for public

A metro trains runs on the new section of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line in the city on Monday.

A metro trains runs on the new section of Delhi Metro’s Pink Line in the city on Monday.  

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The 9.7-km stretch has reduced travel time between south and east Delhi significantly; the corridor with 5 stations is part of 59-km-long Pink Line

Union Minister Hardeep Puri and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday inaugurated the Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 corridor of the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line.

With the opening of this 9.7-km stretch, travel time between south Delhi and east Delhi has been reduced significantly.

Mr. Puri said: “Ninety-six km of new lines have been made operational this year. Now, both Ring Road and Outer Ring Road are connected by the metro, which will have a major positive and beneficial impact as far as traffic decongestion is concerned.”

The newly opened corridor consists of five stations — Vinoba Puri, Ashram, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Mayur Vihar-I and Mayur Vihar Pocket 1. The Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station has been touted as a “major transit” hub owing to its proximity to the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station and the Sarai Kale Khan Inter-State Bus Terminus.

Metro services on this newly opened corridor, which is a part of the Delhi Metro’s Phase III network was thrown open to the public from 4 p.m. on Monday.

Commuters travelling on the Pink Line will also have access to multiple interchange stations including Mayur Vihar-1, Rajouri Garden, Karkardooma, Anand Vihar ISBT (Blue Line), Lajpat Nagar (Violet Line), Welcome and Netaji Subhash Place (Red Line).

With the corridor becoming operational, the Delhi Metro network is now 327-km-long with 236 metro stations.

The corridor is a part of the 59-km-long Pink Line which runs between Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar.

Longest line

With the opening of this corridor, the Pink Line has also become the longest line on the Delhi Metro network.

However, a 1.4-km stretch between Trilokpuri and Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 is still not operational due to an ongoing land dispute.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is now left with the opening of approximately 52 km on the Phase III network, including Noida City Centre-Electronic City, Dwarka-Najafgarh and Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda corridors.

Aqua Line

Additionally, the Noida-Greater Noida corridor of the Aqua Line remains to be made operational.

The Noida Metro Rail Corporation officials said the requisite approvals to the line has been granted.

However, NMRC is now awaiting communication from the State government pertaining to the opening of the line, they added.

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