After Kashmere Gate and Rajiv Chowk, it is now the turn of Yamuna Bank metro station to turn into a major interchange point.
With the opening of the Yamuna Bank - Anand Vihar section (line 4) for the general public on Thursday, the commuters at Yamuna Bank will now be able to change trains for Noida, Anand Vihar and Dwarka.
The section will be inaugurated today, and open to the public from Thursday.
The interchange point at the Yamuna Bank metro station is going to be completely different from its cousins.
Unlike the Kashmere Gate and the Rajiv Chowk metro stations where commuters travel from one level to the other to change for a train, at Yamuna Bank, all trains will be arriving at the same level.
Senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials said that the platforms at the Yamuna Bank metro station have been planned and designed in a way that the commuters change trains in a seamless manner.
“A passenger coming from the Dwarka side on a train which is not going to his destination, will just have to get down at Yamuna Bank and change by walking a few steps to the other side of the same island platform,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
To facilitate this, said officials, the DMRC has numbered the platforms keeping the direction of trains in mind, rather than number them in sequence,
While platform number 1 and 2 will cater to trains going to and coming from Noida, platform number 3 and 4 would cater to trains going or coming from Anand Vihar side. Platform number 1 and 3 share one platform island (for trains going towards Noida and Anand Vihar), platform 2 and 4 share the other island (for trains going towards Dwarka).
“We would be posting volunteers for a few days to guide commuters to their respective platforms,” the DMRC spokesperson said. “The volunteers would remain till the system stabilises,” he added.
Trains coming from Dwarka side would alternately go to Noida and Anand Vihar. During peak hours (8 am to 12.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm), said DMRC officials, a seven-and-a-half minute frequency would be maintained. During off-peak hours, the frequency may go down to 15 minutes.