The metro is all set to step outside Delhi. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC’s) Yamuna Bank-Noida Sector 32 line will be inaugurated on Thursday.
Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety RK Kardam’s certificate that the Yamuna Bank-Noida section is “fit for public carriage of passengers” has set the ball rolling.
On Thursday, trains from Akshardham and Noida City Centre (sector 32) stations would be flagged off. The line will pen for public use on Friday 6 am.
“The Noida extension alone is expected to add 53,000 people to the metro’s system by 2011,” said a DMRC official who did not wish to be quoted as he was not authorised to talk to the media.
Residents of areas like Pandav Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Trilokpuri and New Ashok Nagar in Delhi have been waiting for the line to open.
Pandav Nagar resident Rekha Singh will just have to cross the road by the foot-over-bridge to reach the Akshardham metro station. “My guess is more than 50 per cent of Pandav Nagar people will switch to metro for faster commute.”
For Kaushal Sharma, a housewife from Noida Sector 28, the Botanical Garden station will bring her closer to her sister. “I will now visit my sister at Chandni Chowk more frequently. An auto costs me between Rs 150 to Rs 200.”
Some things bad
L N Goswami, a retired private company official, is a little unhappy with the metro. “We are happy with the connectivity. But with the Mayur Vihar I metro station opening at a busy junction, there is going to be a chaos of cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws and private vehicles, all clamouring for space with pedestrians.”
Subimal Choudhary, president of Samachar Cooperative Group Housing Society, said the approach road for Mayur Vihar Extension station is very small. “Traffic regulation is a must here, otherwise it will end up being another Yamuna Bank station with clutter and congestion.”
DMRC spokesperson Anuj Dayal said: “(For things) outside stations, the civic bodies are responsible. We are coordinating with them.”
Rakesh Kumar and Deepak Negi travel by bus from Rohini and Peetampura to their office in Noida daily. “The metro connectivity will definitely save our time and energy. We can look forward to a little more time with family,” said Negi.