NEW DELHI

Now Delhi Metro railway all the way to Yamuna Bank

NEW ARRIVAL: Finishing touches being given to the Delhi Metro railway’s brand new station, Yamuna Bank, on Thursday.

NEW ARRIVAL: Finishing touches being given to the Delhi Metro railway’s brand new station, Yamuna Bank, on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: – PHOTIO: R. V. MOORTHY

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: In a week from now, residents of East Delhi and adjoining areas in the Capital will be able to board Delhi Metro trains from a brand new station: Yamuna Bank. For thousands of commuters living in the rest of the Capital, the trans-Yamuna areas will be that much more easily accessible.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Thursday announced that the existing Line III (Dwarka Sector 9-Indraprastha) would be extended by 2.1 km up to the Yamuna Bank station from May 2.

“Metro trains will be available from the new station from 6 in the morning to 11 at night. The frequency of the trains will be every four minutes to ten minutes depending on the rush,” said Delhi Metro spokesperson Anuj Dayal. With the opening of this new stretch, travelling by the metro will become easier for commuters residing in East Delhi areas including Patparganj, Mayur Vihar, I P Extension and Laxmi Nagar who now have to travel up to Indraprastha or Shastri Park stations for boarding the metro.

“The opening of the Yamuna Bank station will ease the pressure on Line I (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) as passengers from East Delhi can come directly to Line III at Yamuna Bank rather than having to inter-change at Kashmere Gate and Rajiv Chowk to reach Line III,” said Mr. Dayal.

“In addition, the opening of this section will enable the Delhi Metro to open the new train maintenance depot which is also located on the Yamuna Bank. The new depot is required by DMRC for commissioning and stationing of trains during the trial runs of the upcoming new Noida extension which is scheduled to start in May/June this year,” Mr. Dayal added. The DMRC has also constructed a 5,000 square metres parking bay at Yamuna Bank which can accommodate up to 400 cars.

A new metro feeder bus service will also be launched from the Yamuna Bank station to Mayur Vihar Phase III via Vikas Marg, New Patparganj Road, Mother Dairy, Mayur Vihar Phase II, Pocket C, Kalyanpuri, Kondli and Gharole with the opening of this station.

Reduce road traffic

“The opening of the new station is also likely to reduce the road traffic from the Nizamuddin Bridge and the ITO Bridge connecting East Delhi with the rest of the Capital as both these bridges are major bottleneck points in terms of traffic, especially during the peak hours,” said Mr. Dayal.

The Yamuna Bank Depot can stable about 40 trains at one time and is spread over 3.9 lakh square metres. Completed in 27 months, the depot has facilities for washing of trains, handling technical repairs and stabling the trains during the night for inspection.

“The opening of the section has been cleared by the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety. However, there will be no formal opening ceremony or inauguration in view of the existing code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections,” said Mr. Dayal.

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