Metro's extension from Sarita Vihar to Badarpur on Friday provided relief to thousands of service-class people in Delhi.
Nearly four months after missing its Commonwealth Games deadline, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation extended the Central Sectretariat-Badarpur line to Mohan Estate, Kalindi Kunj, Tughlakabad up to Badarpur.
The 5km stretch between Sarita Vihar and Badarpur — which was inaugurated at 8am on Friday — has three elevated stations: Mohan Estate, Tughlakabad and Badarpur.
The inaugurated stretch will also provide a lasting solution to parking woes in these areas. With nine parking lots on the 20km stretch of Line 6, it can accommodate about 900 cars.
“Thousands of residents of Nehru Place, Kalkaji Mandir, Govindpuri, Okhla, Jasola, Sarita Vihar, Mohan Estate, Badarpur border and migrant population settled in unauthorised colonies at Tughlakabad will be blessed by the Metro connectivity and its parking lots. These parkings will help decongest traffic jams at Nehru Place,” said a source in DMRC.
“Motorists coming from Faridabad can also park their cars at Badarpur to take the Metro for the rest of their journey,” said a DMRC official.
“Now we can easily go to our workplace without much hassles,” said Shravan Pandey, a resident of Badarpur, who works in Okhla industrial area.
On the inaugural day till 6pm, the stretch registered footfall of over 15,000 commuters —10,000 at Badarpur; 2,950 at Tughlakabad and about 2,300 Mohan Estate — said DMRC officials.
“With the opening of the stretch, footfall on the entire Central Secretariat-Badarpur corridor is expected to increase by at least 1 lakh. Currently, the total footfall on the Central Secretariat-Sarita Vihar corridor is about 1.25 lakh,” said a spokesperson of DMRC.