Faridabad will be the newest entrant and the second city in Haryana after Gurgaon to join the Delhi Metro network as the new Badarpur-Escorts Mujesar (Faridabad) section of the Violet line will be thrown open to the public at 4pm on Sunday.
According to DMRC, the new corridor will benefit over 1.95 lakh passengers every day.
“The connectivity between Delhi and the industrial satellite city of Faridabad, Haryana, will take a huge step forward with the metro trains reaching Escorts Mujesar every six minutes. We are hoping that the traffic troubles in the area are eased and the commuters get an easy, faster and comfortable mode of transport,” a statement issued by DMRC read.
The statement said that during peak hours (8am to 11am and 5pm to 8pm), the frequency of trains in this corridor will be 6:40 minutes while on non-peak hours there will be a train every 7:30 minutes.
The line, which is an extension of the Delhi metro’s violet line (from ITO to Badarpur), will now connect nine stations.
All the stations on the new section are elevated and located on either sides of the Delhi-Mathura Road (NH-2). According to metro officials, the project has been completed within the sanctioned cost of Rs 2,494 crores and the line covers a length of 13.875 kilometres.
The depot for this section has been constructed near Sector-20A in Faridabad and will be called Ajronda depot. According to officials two more stations — NCB Colony and Ballabgarh — will be added by 2017, increasing the length of the line by another 3.2km.
The commuters travelling to and from Faridabad welcomed the move and said they were anxiously waiting for the opening of the new metro line.
“I take a local train daily to reach Delhi for work and then go back home. To avoid the crowd, I leave home early in the morning and stay in office till late. The coming of the new line will ease the troubles of many commuters like me,” said Bhim Singh Bansal, a government employee, who travels everyday from Faridabad.